YouTube Music is coming to your Wear OS watch, with features intact
Of course, the company has already unveiled its new partnership with Samsung on the OS. But it will mark the first time that YouTube Music will be available on the operating system of wearable devices on the wrist. And it’s not just about bringing easy musical controls.
Instead, Google says it’s working to ensure that even robust features like smart downloads are available at launch. And that means at the very least that users should be able to listen to a multitude of media, whether they are currently connected to their smartphone or not.
It’s not just YouTube Music in Wear OS
Of course, Google isn’t just focusing on YouTube Music for this update. In fact, it plans to revise several more of its own apps like Maps, Assistant, and Pay. Google Pay, in particular, is also gaining new regions, becoming available in 26 more countries alongside the redesign.
Conversely, Google’s acquisition of Fitbit also became clearer with the announcement, well beyond adding YouTube Music to Wear OS. Fitbit’s long-standing and much-loved health tracking features will also catch on. Including daily health advancements and motivational wrist celebrations when goals are exceeded.
This all overlaps with the new tools in a new Tiles API to make it easier for developers to create tiles. Towards a new watch face design editor built by Samsung and more. Thanks, at least in part, to yesterday’s announcement that Tizen watches are indeed on the way out.
When exactly does this happen?
For now, Google has said more broadly that YouTube Music, and other app redesigns, will be heading to Wear OS “later this year.” It doesn’t give end users much to begin with. And there is also no guarantee that an OEM or individual model will receive the update. But this is certainly just one of the many changes that the platform has needed for some time.