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Google finally releases YouTube Music Wear OS app, but only for Samsung’s new watches

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Google finally releases YouTube Music Wear OS app

Highlights:

  • YouTube Music for Wear OS has finally arrived.
  • The Wear OS version of YouTube Music offers access to all of your playlists, mixes.
  • YouTube Music requires Wear OS 3, which is only on the Galaxy Watch for now.

The YouTube Music Wear OS app allows users to listen to songs while the watch is connected to a Bluetooth device, download music directly to a smartwatch, and control playback.  There’s also a volume shortcut and “like” button at the bottom of the interface. On Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, the rotating bezel can also be used for constant volume control when this page is open. The UI also tweaks its color based on the song, presumably based on the album art.

“Smart Downloads” feature

There’s a “Smart Downloads” feature in the Settings, which can be customized to download between 50 and 500 songs, depending on how much storage you have available. There’s also a toggle for “Restricted Mode” that filters out explicit content and a “Privacy & Location” page that exists only to tell you to deal with that on your phone.

To download the YouTube Music Wear OS app, a user just needs to open Google Play Store first on a watch and search for YouTube Music. Select the app so that the download begins. Once installation is done, one can log in to an account and start listening.

The ADB command returned an error that stated the YouTube Music app requires version Android 11 or higher. Current Wear OS devices are stuck on software based on Android 9 at the time of this writing. There’s a way to manually edit the app to use an older API, but the login screen is disabled as a result, so there’s no way to get it running at this time.

The app is solely available on Google’s new Wear OS 3 platform, which, for the foreseeable future, will only be available on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

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