google announced today, the YouTube Music app on Wear OS introduces the ability for users to stream music over LTE or Wi-Fi. The new feature allows users to discover new music without having to download content beforehand. In a community blog post Speaking about the new feature, the company is positioning it as a way to “listen to your favorite playlists wherever you are, even if your phone isn’t around.”
The feature was first teased at Samsung’s Unpacked event earlier this year. Users need a YouTube Music Premium subscription to access the new streaming support. Google notes that you need an LTE plan from your carrier to use a cellular connection. The company also outlines that mobile streaming is not supported on iOS.
If you want to stream YouTube Music content without a paired device nearby, you can open YouTube Music on your watch and select the song or playlist you want to listen to. After that, the content will be streamed and played over the available connection.
Google has also introduced a new YouTube Music tile for Wear OS that users can add to their watch. The new tile allows users to quickly access recently played content and navigate to the app’s “browse” page.
The company notes that YouTube Music Premium subscribers get access to more than 80 million songs and thousands of playlists in the YouTube Music app. It outlines that the standalone app allows YouTube Music Premium subscribers to download and stream music for ad-free listening without having to have their phone nearby. The app also includes a Smart Downloads feature that refreshes the songs you’ve downloaded to your watch when it’s connected to Wi-Fi.