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YouTube Music app for Wear OS is now available but as of now only for New Samsung Smartwatches

Google's YouTube Music app for Wear OS is out now, several months after the company promised to provide one. That's fantastic news for Wear OS users who have been waiting for it since Google terminated Play Music in 2020. However, there's a significant 'but' here: it'll only operate on Samsung smartwatches that run Wear OS 3.

Samsung is one of the biggest smartwatch manufacturers, so it must provide a variety of options; however, this isn't the case. The only Samsung smartwatches capable of running YouTube Music on Wear OS aren't even available yet. Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will be available on August 27.

Aside from its severely limited compatibility, the app also lacks the ability to stream music. Users will only be able to download tracks on the app, according to 9to5Google's hands-on experience. Furthermore, to download anything, the phone must be plugged in. It also states that most existing Wear OS devices will not be upgraded to Wear OS 3, so if you want to access YouTube Music on your wearable, you're out of luck.

The Play Music app for Wear OS watches was discontinued in August 2020, just weeks before the service was totally phased out in exchange of YouTube Music. It was quick to release a YouTube Music app for the Apple Watch, but Wear OS users had to wait. Spotify's Wear OS app, on the other hand, works on earlier smartwatches and can be used to stream and download songs.

The app is currently accessible on Google Play for individuals who aren't worried by the limits and will soon have access to a Galaxy Watch 4.