According to the latest reports, the new unified Wear OS 3 is now available for public use on the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. This part of users can already enjoy this YouTube native application on the new Samsung watch, but this is not the case on traditional Wear OS devices.
A new report shows that the current wearable version of Wear OS’s YouTube music application is not compatible with Wear OS older than v3. This news has been confirmed. It tried to copy the YouTube Music APK from Galaxy Watch 4 and sideload it onto Moto 360.
The ADB command returns an error, which means that the YouTube Music app needs to be running Android 11 or higher. The current Wear OS devices are still stuck on Android 9-based software. There is a way to manually edit the application to use the old API, but the result is that the login screen is disabled, so there is no way to make it run now.
Spotify recently launched an updated wearable application on older Wear OS devices. It supports offline playback, so why can’t Google do the same on YouTube Music? –There may be a separate application with limited functions on the old Wear OS watches, but it has not yet been determined.
The Google Play Music application was replaced by YouTube Music, which has become the official Android music application. Judging from the current situation, it seems that traditional Wear OS devices have not received the attention they deserve, even with Google’s first-party applications.