Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Android Wear Might Be Rebranded To 'Wear OS'

Android Wear Might Be Rebranded To 'Wear OS'

First spotted by Redditor /u/H3x0n on the /r/AndroidWear subreddit, the latest Google Play Services beta update is showing a new logo and name when attempting to set up an Android Wear smartwatch.

It appears that Google might be thinking about rebranding its iteration of Android OS for wearable devices.

Android Wear is now mainly used in smartwatches made by Asus (ZenWatch 2 and 3), Fossil (Q Founder, Marshal, Wander), Huawei (Watch), Lenovo (Moto 360 Gen 2, Sport), LG (Watch Urbane, G Watch R) and Tag Heuer (Connected). The rename away from the big "A word" makes a lot of sense to then. They haven't disclosed any details regarding changing name, but the company must have wanted to remove the Android from the name of a device, as the device is not limited to Android only. The last stable version of software 12.2 allowed to receive nearby notifications.

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It seems that this appears when setting up a watch using the Android P Developer preview build doing the rounds. As once can see from the image shared in the post, the new icon looks more in line with the traditional Google colors of blue, yellow, green and red.

Now, with Android P in works, Google is experimenting with a new rounded search bar (similar to the one seen on its Pixel launcher) on its mobile site. In the case of wearable devices and its applications, the new name is suitable. Meanwhile, existing Android Wear devices are receiving the Android Oreo-based update, so it's not as if there's much incentive for existing users to upgrade to a new device.

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