It was just a matter of time before we saw the YouTube App for Android Wear. It’s not the official app, but is developed by Appfour, the maker of several other apps including Web Browser for Android Wear, and Mail for Android Wear & Gmail.
But does it really make any sense at all to watch videos on such a teeny, tiny screen? Probably no, but only maybe when you want to view a short clip for quick info. But there’s another, more powerful use of his app, which we’ll talk shortly. First, let’s take a quick look at the major features of the app:
- View videos directly on the watch
- Full Bluetooth headphones and speaker support
- Cast any video to your Chromecast and use your watch as a remote
- Search videos with search predictions
- Search related videos
- View video descriptions
- Pause, resume, seek, change volume
- Customize your YouTube experience, choose channels to show on your watch (full version only).
Casting videos to your Chromecast and using your watch as a remote could be a very handy thing, especially when you’re beaming it over to your TV. Another good thing about the watch is that supports voice control, making it an ideal remote for the TV and Chromecast. What’s more, the app also supports Bluetooth headphones, if you want to view videos on the watch.
While this could be an interesting app for some of you, there are two major hassles attached to it. First, it’s pretty big at 29 MB and might take quite a bit to download and install. Second, if you play videos on the watch, it will drain the battery very quickly. These are two big no-nos when we’re talking about a wrist-gizmo.
We might see Google launch the official app down the road, and will surely outperform this app. The app is compatible with all the Wear smartwatches and is available on Play Store, click here to download.