No YouTube Music: Google confirms the state of new apps and services coming to older Wear OS 2 smartwatches
Yesterday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, the first smartwatches running a form of Wear OS 3. While the launch was important for those considering buying into Wear OS, or upgrading from an existing Wear OS smartwatch, Google has also announced its 'New and Updated App Experiences' for Wear OS 2.
According to a support document, Wear OS 2 smartwatches will receive an overhauled Google Pay app that works in 16 more countries. You can find the list in Google's Wear OS support document. Additionally, Google has updated the Messages app and has introduced a revised Google Play Store, on which we have reported previously.
Incidentally, Google states that Calm, Komoot, Period Tracker, Sleep Cycle, Spotify, and Strava have updated their tiles, or created new ones. Similarly, Spotify's offline music feature will be available on Wear OS 2 smartwatches.
Inexplicably, Wear OS 2 misses out on YouTube Music and the redesigned Google Maps. Unsurprisingly, Google has confirmed why it has decided against distributing these services to older smartwatches, such as the TicWatch Pro 3.
In short, Wear OS continues to be a mess and is fragmented as ever. The launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series has done nothing to help this and has arguably made it worse, as we have also reported.