Google finally releases YouTube Music Wear OS app, but only for Samsung’s new watches

Google finally has one Wear OS app for YouTube Music, which might seem welcome news to people who have been waiting for a way to play their music from Google’s streaming service after the company discontinued Google Play Music on Wear OS in August 2020. But the new app comes with a few caveats.

The biggest catch is that the new app only works on one of Samsung’s two new watches powered by Wear OS 3, according to google. Those watches won’t be available until August 27, so even if you want to try the new app now, you can only do so if you have a Galaxy Watch 4 or a Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

like you to be lucky enough to have one of the new watches, the YouTube Music Wear operating system lets YouTube Premium subscribers download music directly to their watch, meaning you can listen to tunes with just a watch and Bluetooth headphones, even if you don’t have an internet connection. However, based on 9to5Google’s hands on with the app, it sounds like there are some frustrating warnings to keep in mind when actually using the Wear OS YouTube Music app.

9to5Google says there seems to be no way to current music from the app – looks like you can only download music now. And annoyingly, you can only download songs while the watch is on a charger, 9to5Google reports.

Still, it’s nice that a YouTube Music Wear OS app is available at all, even in its currently limited form. Google didn’t share details about when the app might be available on other Wear OS devices.