YouTube announced that the app will come with a complication (a term for a watch function apart from telling time) – a customisation feature on the Apple Watch that lets users display relevant information directly on the watch face. The YouTube Music complication will give users direct access to playback controls, as well as recommendations for new songs based on their listening habits. They can also cast music from their iPhone directly to their speaker, with the press of a button.
“Whether you’re out for a run, riding your bike or just walking around the house — YouTube Music for Apple Watch puts playback controls within easy reach,” said the YouTube Music team in a blog post. You can download it on your Apple Watch from the App Store.
As Google Play Music prepares to shut down later this month, parent company Google has been focusing on YouTube Music, introducing several new features. Now, users can play personal playlists via Google Assistant and cast their uploaded music to devices and speakers (this feature was earlier limited to premium subscribers). It also expanded its Explore tab to include global YouTube Charts.
Earlier this week, Google also rolled out new features to enhance the YouTube Music app’s experience on TVs. In the blog post, addressing its YouTube Music plans for smartwatches including those powered by its own Wear OS platform, the company said, “this is just the beginning for YouTube Music on smartwatches. Stay tuned for additional updates on YouTube Music availability on Wear.”
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