Wear OS YouTube Music app update activates offline music machines
A new YouTube Music app is coming to Wear OS devices that will turn these devices into mobile music monsters. In the past we had MP3 players – small iPods, Zune, etc. that we attached to our arms and connected to our heads with wired headphones when we went for a run. Now, with an app like YouTube Music (with a YouTube Music Premium subscription), there is a way to download music “for ad-free offline listening” without a mobile connection or connection to a smartphone.
The latest version of YouTube Music includes a YouTube Music app for Wear OS. This new version is initially available on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, a pair of connected watches unveiled this week by Samsung. This app won’t be exclusive to these devices, but these devices are the first to run the latest version of Wear OS developed by both Google and Samsung.
The new version of YouTube Music works with the platform’s smart upload feature. This feature “refreshes” the songs you have downloaded to a smartwatch “whenever it’s charging and connected to WiFi”.
There will also be a new look and feel for Google Play for Wear OS in the very near future. With the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 and the new Google Play for Wear OS, new iterations and updates are being made to apps that already run on Wear OS. Take for example Sleep Cycle, Spotify, Strava, MyFitnessPal, Period Tracker, Komoot, and Calm.
Be sure to check your Wear OS device this week for updates to Wear OS 2 for the apps listed above, and stick around as we pass more information on Wear OS 3 for new devices as well. ! Take a look at the timeline below for recent Wear OS updates and keep an eye out for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which hits stores in late August 2021.