Back in October, just weeks before Google killed Google Play Music for the rest of its users, the company announced that they were launching a new YouTube Music app for smartwatches. It doesn̵7;t use Android and is an Apple Watch instead. For Wear OS, Google can only tell us to “Stay tuned” to receive news there.
Less than two months later, Google stopped using Google Play Music, but Wear OS users haven’t heard of YouTube Music to save lives on the music page. Now we can live 4 months without Google Play Music (and longer with Wear OS app) and yes, likewise no YouTube Music app for Wear OS.
You might be wondering why this is such a big deal.First of all, the standalone YouTube Music app allows Wear OS users to access their music collection from their wrist, give them control over playback, and possibly add casting controls. That’s what the Apple Watch models do, at least.
For today’s Wear OS users, the only option to control music is through the system’s media controls, which allows you to control pause / play, volume, or skip tracks. But that’s a pretty limited function there again, the Apple Watch app gives you access to your library and casting controls without needing to pull out your phone.
We still think that Google is building a YouTube Music app for Wear OS as it doesn’t say it isn’t. They told us last August that they had plans for YouTube Music and wearables, although they didn’t say the app was coming specifically. However, in October, the message “Stay tuned” was a reference we were looking for “An additional update on the availability of YouTube Music on Wear OS” sounds like an app, right?
Either way, it was April and YouTube Music replaced Google Play Music months and months ago without a suitable replacement app for Google’s wearable operating system.
- Updated: A YouTube spokesperson told us that they are “actively working on bringing a powerful YouTube Music experience to Wear OS” and that they “will share additional information as soon as possible.”