Google’s YouTube Music app for Wear OS is now live, months after the tech giant promised to release one for the platform. This certainly sounds like great news for users who have been waiting for it since Google retired Play Music for Wear OS in 2020. The bad news is, as noted 9to5Google, it currently only works on Google’s Wear OS 3 platform. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic wearable devices, which will be available on August 27, will be the only devices that will run the operating system for the foreseeable future.
The company removed the Play Music app for Wear OS watches in August 2020, weeks before shutting down the service entirely in favor of YouTube Music. He quickly released a YouTube Music app for Apple Watch, but Wear OS users had to wait their turn. And, based on what we know now, they may have to keep waiting, unless they’re ready to get Samsung’s new smartwatches tomorrow. By comparison, Spotify’s Wear OS app even works on older smartwatches and can be used to stream and download music.
Besides extremely limited compatibility, the app cannot actually be used to stream music. According to 9to5Google Hands-on experience, users will only be able to download tracks on the app. Also, the phone must be plugged in to be able to download anything. For those who aren’t bothered by all these limitations and will soon have access to a Galaxy Watch 4, the app is now available on Google Play.