For better or worse, you can now play YouTube videos on your Android Wear smartwatch

If, by some accident, you feel that what your Android Wear smartwatch is missing at the moment is the ability to play YouTube videos, then you should know that, for better or worse, a new app brings the functionality to any Android-touting smartwatch.

The app in question goes by the name of Video for Android Wear & Youtube, is completely free, and can be downloaded from Google Play by heading over to the source link below. Aside from serious battery consumption worries and the limited screen real estate on smartwatches, you'll also have to deal with typing on a minuscule keyboard to find the video you're looking for. To be able to hear the audio soundtrack, you'll have to use the app's ability to connect to Bluetooth speakers and headphones.

After the smartphone and the tablet, smartwatches seem to be the new wonder device category. However, although smartwatches have great potential, the general consensus seems to be that the problem currently lies in the fact that smartwatches have yet to emerge as a standalone product, being more akin to minuscule smartphones used for roughly the same basic tasks as the handsets in our pockets. Obviously, the new Video for Android Wear & Youtube app does little to negate this train of thought.

source: Google Play via GSMArena



1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

nice, although i wouldn't watch anything to long on it cause i wouldn't want to look like an idiot with my watch in my face for more than a minute lol.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If nothing else it will show people how powerful Android Wear can be. If people haven't realized it by now, Android Wear comes with real CPUs and GPUs and not a slower MCU which is found in other smart watches and bands. There is already games like Doom, and Gameboy emulators for Android Wear as well.

2. epeevic

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I rather have a great battery life but It also doesn't hurt to have watching videos as an option.

3. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

One point for Technology!

6. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

the future is now!

4. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013


5. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

too slow on my urbane watch

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bull, that watch has a Snap dragon 400 CPU and the Adreno 305 GPU. That processor is overkill for a 320x320 display. You are probably streaming the YouTube video over Bluetooth. Try enabling and using the Urbanes WiFi instead. You will notice a big difference. It works great on a Moto 360, Sony SmartWatch 3, and Gear Live as well. Just make sure to turn on WiFi

7. GoogleUser101 unregistered

What the heck? I mean it's a cool feature, but who would actually watch a video on a tiny screen with no audio lasting less than half an hour!!!

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well maybe not yet but on second generation we could see bigger screens like Gear 2 and better battery

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Still waiting to see his the Orbis looks before pulling the trigger on a smart watch.

10. unregistered

From what I feel it is going to be a beast of a smartwatch and I may buy that too. For now, all these crap in the market do not interest me

9. Simona unregistered

Gosh who would thought that .. it is future.. When I said that to mates while we been watching knight rider ,years back , I said we will thave telly in watches not just speak .. Everybody laughed at me.. Yet ... there u go..

15. gaming64 unregistered

This isn't the future yet. Watching videos on smartwatches is more like poo whacked into your brain. Good luck with that small screen 2" from your eye.

16. Simona unregistered

It is NOT about youtube u dumb.. It is about that we can have video messages in future and video logs .. sending video msg like it is now in skype !

12. Jon.b

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 05, 2014

Ok so first buy Watch then see youtube on it lets see get a watch see notification on it which the phone does wow

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