Google is extending the availability of YouTube Music on Wear OS to even older watches. The company initially launched the app on Wear OS 3 typical of the Galaxy Watch 4, but last month rolled it out to a select selection of older smartwatches powered by the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform. A new report says that smartwatches like the Moto 360 may now get it as well.
Google has Confirmed Expanded selection, but the company didn’t share which watches were eligible. Instead, Wear OS users are encouraged to check the Play Store and see if their device is eligible. As seen on the Moto 360 and TAG Heuer Connected watches, 9to5Google speculates that it may be rolling out to watches powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100. This should include some Wear OS watches including the Fossil Gen 5, Montblanc Summit. , and Suunto 7.
Google announced YouTube Music for Wear OS at its Google I/O event in May. This app provides users with support for streaming, playlists, and offline playback of their YouTube music libraries if you are a premium subscriber. It was previously thought that the app would be exclusive to Wear OS 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, but Google later announced that it would be gradually rolling it out to older devices. The rollout started last month with the Snapdragon Wear 4100. The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 watches were the first of the older batch to access the new app.
Google previously courted controversy by removing the older Google Play Music app from Wear OS before producing a replacement. While Spotify did have options, that app didn’t support offline music streaming and wasn’t a perfect replacement for some of the most dedicated Wear OS customers. As Spotify has now added offline playback to Wear OS, users of the platform now have options going forward.