As early as October, just a few weeks before Google killed all remaining users of Google Play Music, the company announced that they would release a new YouTube music app for smart watches. Unfortunately, the watch that received the new app did not run Android, but the Apple Watch. As for Wear OS, well, Google can only tell us to “keep following”
Less than two months later, Google terminated Google Play Music, but Wear OS users still have not heard of YouTube Music to save the day of music development. We haven’t used Google Play Music for four months now (or even longer for the Wear OS app), and yes, the same is true-there is no YouTube music app for Wear OS.
You may be wondering why such a big thing. First, an independent YouTube music application will allow Wear OS users to access their music collection from their wrists, allowing them to control playback and possibly adding Casting controls. This is at least what the Apple Watch version can do.
For today’s Wear OS users, the only option to control the tone is through the system media controls, which allow you to control the volume to pause/play or skip tracks. But the functions there are very limited. Likewise, the Apple Watch app provides you with library access and Casting controls without having to unplug your phone.
We still think that Google is developing a YouTube music app for Wear OS, because they didn’t say no. They told us in August last year that they were still planning YouTube music and wearable devices, although they didn’t make it clear that the app will be launched. However, in October, the “coming soon” message means that we are looking for “other updates on the availability of YouTube music on Wear OS.” Sounds like an app, right?
Either way, in April, YouTube Music replaced Google Play Music a few months ago and months ago, without a proper replacement application for Google’s wearable operating system. That’s bad.
- Update: A YouTube spokesperson told us that they “are actively working to bring a powerful YouTube music experience to Wear OS” and “will share more information as soon as possible.”