For a second there, it looked like Google had just finished Wear OS. That was until the roadmap began to unfold with plans for, among other things, a new YouTube Music app and later the big unveiling of new Samsung smartwatches that power the platform. Today, the plot has finally culminated with the soft launch of the new YouTube Music for Galaxy Watch4 series.
We say “soft launch”
To begin with, the Play Store listing now has a few Wear OS screens.
But do not think that every Wear OS watch will be able to take advantage of new features such as offline listening, at least right away: a new section on the YouTube Music help pages clearly states that YouTube Music “currently only works on watches with Wear OS powered by Samsung. “To be specific – need to get those keywords in – there are Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic.
YouTube Music users can also take advantage of smart downloads that automatically switch new options on your device every night based on previous listening. Make sure the watch is plugged in and over 40% charged. Downloaded music can be played up to 30 days after the device is disconnected.
This kind of progress makes us a little hopeful and even impatient when the next wave of third generation Wear OS watches lands.