Yesterday, many things have been announced in the Google keynote, but one of the most important announcements has been that of the changes coming to Wear OS and the merger with Samsung. Among these improvements, Spotify and Google intend to bring quality music experiences to Wear thanks to their new applications with offline modes.
Spotify already has an app on Wear OS, but the company has announced that it is rebuilding the Wear app experience. This will include better performance, smarter management of playlist syncing, and even offline downloads. The company says it is working to allow users to download music and podcasts in the Wear app, which can be useful when going for a run as it will allow users to leave their smartphones at home.
YouTube Music, on the other hand, is a new addition to Google’s smartwatch platform. It replaced Google Play Music on new Android phones, but Wear OS users have been without a first-hand music app from Google for some time, having to rely on apps like Spotify or Pandora. This is finally changing with the new Wear update.
Google says the new YouTube Music app for Wear will support offline playback and “smart” downloads and will arrive later this year. The company does not detail what “smart” downloads are, but it could be similar to Spotify’s goal of allowing its app to only download new content when the watch is charging and connected to WiFi.