In the starting of 2021, Google introduced the YouTube Music app for Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic watches using Wear OS 3. Now it’s doing the same for older Wear OS watches using Wear OS 2.
YouTube Music app will not be available instantly for all watches, however. The company will first ship it to selected Android smartwatches, before releasing it to multiple devices “over the course of the year” via the Google Play Store.
The first app release will come sometime this week, and will hit the Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch (version of Michael Kors Access 6 installed), Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 GPS, TicWatch Pro 3 Cellular/LTE, and TicWatch E3.
Although Google may not say exactly what, these are powerful Snapdragon Wear 4100 watches. The company may still need more time to make an application with older Wear OS watches that usually have very weak hardware.
As for the YouTube Music app itself, it seems to be the same program available for Wear OS 3. Users can expect to stream music without ads, listen to selected playlists, or download their playlists and albums offline using Smart Downloads for YouTube feature.
At the same time, Google may have introduced a new version of Wear OS, most people will not see it for very long. The company could have beaten Samsung during the special Wear OS 3, after which other Wear OS watchmakers will be able to download the device to their devices.
That’s why Google supports older versions of Wear OS and newer ones, rather than locking in new features after the update of a new version. In addition to YouTube Music, Google also brought updates to older products including Gboard, the Google Play app, Google Messages, and Google Pay over the past month.
YouTube Music was much needed on the Wear OS. While Google previously supported Google Play Music on its viewing platform, killing the service without replacement left a gap in the information. Although Spotify was there, the app did not support offline play until a few weeks ago. Google support may be late, but (cliche appeal) is better than ever before.