Owners of Wear OS devices can rejoice with today’s news that Google has finally developed a full-fledged YouTube Music app for smartwatches with Wear OS. The app will no longer be limited to offline playback and you can listen using WiFi or LTE.
Google announced the new feature in a community post on its support forums earlier this week.
Along with adding LTE and WiFi functionality, Google has also added a YouTube Music tile to your smartwatch so you can quickly and easily access the music you’ve been listening to.
This is great news for Wear OS device users. The only native music streaming app that was previously available on Wear OS was Google Play Music. And Google killed this service in 2020.
Now you can listen to YouTube Music on your Wear OS device without even having your phone nearby. The upgraded app even includes the Smart Downloads feature which will automatically refresh your downloaded songs when you’re on WiFi.
There are some limitations to the new YouTube Music app for Wear OS
First, you need a YouTube Music Premium account to use it. YouTube Premium will cost you $9.99 per month.
Also, if you rely on your smartphone for LTE connectivity, you will need to use an Android device. The new app does not support cellular streaming using an iOS device.
It’s the perfect time for Google to announce the new YouTube Music app for Wear OS. The company recently unveiled its highly anticipated Pixel Watch which will arrive in the fall.
And it would be a real shame if Google’s flagship launched without the Google-owned music streaming service.
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