Google released a Wear OS app for YouTube Music, which could seem like welcome news for people who have been waiting for a way to play their music off Google’s streaming service after the company shut down Google Play Music on Wear OS in August 2020.
“Smart displays that have built-in Google Assistant can be used with YouTube Music,” Google said on its support page. “These include Google Nest and Lenovo Smart Clock. Just ask your Google Assistant to play a song, artist, or playlist using YouTube Music.”
“YouTube Music Premium members can listen ad-free on smart speakers and request albums, songs, and playlists on-demand. Check out our paid membership options to explore other membership benefits and sign-up.”
“Smart speakers will stream music for you that is closely related to the album, song, or playlist that you request. They cannot play specific requests or repeat songs unless it is music you have uploaded. However, you can change radio stations to listen to different music and skip to the next song up to 6 times per hour,” said Google.
However, the new app comes with a few caveats. The biggest catch is that the new app only works on one of Samsung’s two new watches powered by Wear OS 3, as per Google.
These watches will not be available until Aug. 27, so even if you want to try the new app right now, you will not be able to unless you have a Galaxy Watch 4 or a Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.
If you are lucky enough to have one of the new watches, the YouTube Music Wear OS will let YouTube Premium subscribers download music right to their watch, meaning you can listen to tunes with just a watch and a pair of Bluetooth headphones, even when you don’t have an internet connection.
However, based on a media report, hands-on with the app, it sounds like there might be some frustrating caveats you’ll have to keep in mind when you’re using the Wear OS YouTube Music app.
There doesn’t appear to be a way to stream music from the app — it seems that you can only download music right now. And annoyingly, you can only download songs while the watch is on a charger.
Google hasn’t shared details about when the app might be available on other Wear OS devices.
(With inputs from ANI)
Edited by Saptak Datta and Praveen Pramod Tewari
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