December 15, 2018

Android Wear Might Be Rebranded To 'Wear OS'

12 March 2018, 05:39 | Cameron Gross

Image by The Verge

Image by The Verge

Android Wear is in a peculiar position.

A screenshot of a beta version of the Google Play services app appeared on Reddit this weekend and showed the title "Wear OS", suggesting the company is preparing to retool Android Wear. Apple now leads the way in the wearables sector, ahead of Xiaomi, Fitbit and Garmin, all products and brands not using Android Wear.

For a while now, it has been possible to pair an Android smartwatch with an iOS device. The company might do away with the Android Wear moniker in favor of "Wear OS".

Here's more about the new visible changes coming to the search bar. With this change of name, Google is hopeful that consumers will no longer think of their smartwatches as devices that are only compatible with other Android devices.

Growth of the Android wearable devices market is attributed to the advancement and timely software updates that are useful to customers.

It seems that this appears when setting up a watch using the Android P Developer preview build doing the rounds. The latest 12.5 beta version, gave the new name and logo of "W" in the four different colors of Google.

There has been no official word from Google on the new name.

Android Wear used to be my personal favorite wearable OS, and I religiously wore the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360, and Huawei Watch.

While it still has "Google" in the name, it's another step away from the Android name and the search giants continues to shift products that aren't just available on Android (or will be in the future), under its own name.

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