YouTube Music prepares Wear OS Tile with a recent playlist

The recently launched YouTube Music app for Wear OS is set to get a home screen tile to help you get back to your favorite playlist.

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With the launch of Wear OS 3 on the Galaxy Watch 4, Google has also brought both YouTube Music and Google Maps to the platform. While they were initially exclusive to Wear OS 3 watches – which essentially made them Galaxy Watch exclusives – Google has finally relaxed the requirements for YouTube Music, allowing it to be installed on watches with certain Snapdragon Wear chips.

Now that YouTube Music is officially part of the Wear OS ecosystem, Google is taking the opportunity to make the app feel more at home on smartwatches. This comes in the form of a new tile – much like the Android home screen widgets for Wear OS – for YouTube Music.

Although not yet available in the app today, the update to version 4.59 includes a preview image of what the Wear OS YouTube Music tile will look like, as well as an image that will serve as the “background” of the mosaic.

Judging by the preview – as well as the tile’s title, “Recently Played” – it’s likely YouTube Music’s Wear OS Tile will offer a simple shortcut to a recent playlist or album you’ve been listening to. Interestingly, however, the tile has a “Browse” button rather than “Play” or something similar.

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Victor L. Jones