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Wear OS 2 is also getting some Wear OS 3 features | English News | GulNews

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The launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series marked a new chapter in Wear OS history. New features, including the ability to use OEM skins on top of the platform, are coming alongside performance improvements under the hood. Some of these features might be exclusive to Wear OS 3 smartwatches, which currently only have one representative, but owners of Wear OS 2 devices need not be too jealous as some important features will be arriving on their own smartwatches in the coming weeks.

Google announced a few new experiences for Wear OS 3 on the Galaxy Watch 4, including a new Maps app and a YouTube Music app with support for offline downloads. Of those five experiences, three will, fortunately, be available for existing Wear OS 2 smartwatches as well. For one, Google Pay support is expanding to Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the UAE, with more promised to join the fray.

One of the most notable, however, is the updated Messages by Google app that will let you more easily respond to messages without having to take out your phone. That’s mostly thanks to a new UI that makes it easier to type out text, even on a tiny screen. Messages on Wear OS syncs with the smartphone counterpart, so you’ll never miss out on important, well, messages.

There are also new Tiles coming, Wear OS’ version of home screen widgets that give quick access to an associated app’s content and controls. Those new third-party tiles include ones from Strava, Calm, and Spotify. Spotify recently announced offline listening coming to existing Wear OS devices as well.

This is definitely great news for Wear OS smartwatch owners who might have felt abandoned by the whole Wear OS 3 situation. It still isn’t clear at this point if smartwatches launched within the last 12 months will even get the chance to be upgraded to the latest version of Wear OS. This way, even if they don’t, they will still get some of the juiciest features as well.

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Wear OS YouTube Music app update enables offline music machines | English News | GulNews

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There’s a new YouTube Music app coming to Wear OS devices that’ll make said devices into mobile music monsters. In the past we had MP3 players – little iPods, Zune, and so forth that we’d strap to our arm and connect to our heads with wired earbuds when we went for a run. Now, with an app like YouTube Music (with a YouTube Music Premium subscription) there’s a way to download music “for ad-free offline listening” without a mobile connection or connection to a smartphone.

The newest version of YouTube Music includes a YouTube Music app for Wear OS. This new version is available first to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, a pair of smartwatch devices revealed this week by Samsung. This app will not be exclusive to these devices, but these devices are the first to run the newest version of Wear OS developed by both Google and Samsung.

The new version of YouTube Music works with the platform’s Smart Downloads feature. This feature “refreshes” the songs you’ve downloaded to a connected watch “whenever it’s charging and connected to WiFi.”

There’ll also be a new look and feel for Google Play for Wear OS in the very near future. With the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 and the new Google Play for Wear OS comes new iterations and new updates for apps that already work on Wear OS. Take for example Sleep Cycle, Spotify, Strava, MyFitnessPal, Period Tracker, Komoot, and Calm.

Be sure to check your Wear OS device this week for updates to Wear OS 2 for the apps listed above, and stick around as we relay more info on Wear OS 3 for new devices, too! Take a peek at the timeline below for recent updates to Wear OS and watch for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, headed for stores in late August 2021.

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