Google announced the shutdown of its Google Play Music music streaming platform last year to replace it with YouTube Music. However, the Mountain View giant received a backlash for not releasing a YouTube Music app for its Wear OS platform for smartwatches. He even released a YouTube Music app for Apple’s watchOS. So now a developer has been able to port YouTube Music’s Android app to Wear OS 2.0 with a few tweaks.
Now, it’s important to mention that although Google released the YouTube Music app for Wear OS later, it only supports Wear OS 3.0, which is currently exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 series. Therefore, most smartwatches running Wear OS 2.0 did not get the YouTube Music app itself.
Citing this big problem for Wear OS 2.0 users, Romanian software developer Alexandru Pop tried to port the Android version of the YouTube Music app to Wear OS. And guess what? He was successful. Pop took the smartphone version of the YouTube Music app and scaled it down to match the size of a smartwatch app. Although it allows users to play and control music on YouTube Music, the user interface has not yet been optimized.
In addition, the developer used a modified version of the YouTube Music app, called YouTube Music Vanced, to port the app. The goal was to allow users to access their Google accounts in the Wear OS version of the app. It was a necessity as the original YouTube Music app doesn’t allow logins when or if the app has been tampered with. So there is still a security issue related to the Wear OS version of the YouTube Music app.
However, if you’re tired of waiting for Google to release an official YouTube Music app that will be compatible with Wear OS 2.0, you can check out the YouTube Music app for your Wear OS 2.0-based smartwatch. You can go to Alexandru’s topic on XDA for step-by-step instructions for installing the app.