YouTube Music app is preparing to add a Wear OS tile
During Google I / 0 last year, Google confirmed that it is working on a YouTube Music app for the Wear OS platform. And it’s almost certain that the company released the app a few months later, alongside the launch of Wear OS 3. Initially exclusive to the Galaxy Watch 4 series, the YouTube Music app was later extended to select Wear smartwatches. OS 2 with the Snapdragon Wear 4100 / 4100+ chipset. Later it also made its way to the Snapdragon 3100 Wear 3100 watches. Although the app is currently very limited in terms of functionality, Google is working on new features to improve it.
According to 9to5Google, the YouTube Music app for Wear OS will soon receive a new tile that will give users quick access to their favorite music. For those who don’t know, Tiles is similar to Android’s home screen widgets. Wear OS has Tiles to check the weather forecast, track workout activity, play a song, start a workout, send messages, and more.
The Tile is not available in the YouTube Music app at this time. However, in APK assets, the 9to5Google found a preview image of the new Tile. From the image, it looks like the Tile gives you quick access to your favorite playlists, specific mixes, or albums. The “Browse” button suggests that the thumbnail can just act as a shortcut that will open that specific section / playlist / album in the app rather than allowing you to start playing something.
Either way, the feature is still under development and is not yet available in the app. We don’t know when Google plans to officially roll it out to users. We will keep an eye out and let you know as soon as we discover new information. If the YouTube Music app is not officially available for your Wear OS smartwatch, you can try installing the unofficial YouTube Vanced-based port.