At Google I/0 last year, Google confirmed it was working on a YouTube Music app for the Wear OS platform. And pretty sure the company released the app a few months later alongside the launch of Wear OS 3. Initially exclusive to the Galaxy Watch 4 series, the YouTube Music app was later expanded to select Wear smartwatches. OS 2 with the Snapdragon Wear 4100/ 4100+ chipset. Later, it also made its way to Snapdragon 3100 Wear 3100 watches. Although the app is currently very limited in terms of features, Google is working on new features to improve it.
According to 9to5Google, the YouTube Music app for Wear OS will soon receive a new tile that will give users quick access to their favorite music. For those unaware, tiles are similar to Android’s home screen widgets. Wear OS has tiles to check the weather forecast, track workout activity, play a song, start a workout, send messages, and more.
The thumbnail is not available in the YouTube Music app at this time. However, in the APK assets, the 9to5Google found a preview image of the new Tile. From the image, it looks like the thumbnail will give you quick access to your favorite playlists, specific mixes, or albums. The “Browse” button suggests that the thumbnail can just act as a shortcut that will open that specific section/playlist/album in the app rather than letting you start playing something.
In any case, the feature is still under development and not yet available in the app. We don’t know when Google plans to officially roll it out to users. We’ll keep an eye out and let you know as soon as we discover new information. If the YouTube Music app is not officially available for your Wear OS smartwatch, you can try installing the unofficial YouTube Vanced-based port.