Google to rebrand the Android Wear with Wear OS

Allan Goodman
March 13, 2018

According to a report by 9to5mac, this new name was first spotted by a Reddit user who received a pairing notification that features the new name and Google Assistant-like logo. Apparently, the name change has been reported in version 12.4 of the app, which is part of the new Android P Developer Preview. While the date of these changes is unknown for now, we will probably hear more about Wear OS in May, during Google I/O. A potential refresh of the platform may change that. The icon also displays a "W" which might be the new moniker of Wear OS. We suspect we'll find out more during Google I/O in May. Until then, we remain skeptical as to what Google may have up its sleeve for your wrist.

This function alerts the Android Wear users about a nearby Android Wear device to pair up with it to your current Android Wear device.

The branding can apparently be seen in the Developer Preview beta version 12.5, though there's so far no explanation for it.

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Android Wear is struggling to gain traction with users. The latest Android P is enabled on these watches and wearable devices. The steps emerge as a new development towards releasing Fuchsia, forthcoming Android OS. Recently, during CES 2018 Google combined the features of Android Pay and Google Wallet and renamed it as a single feature, Google Pay.

For now, the new Wear OS name makes sense as most of the Android Wear smartwatches are compatible with iOS devices with Watch OS wearables. Whatever the reason for the apparent stagnation in the Android Wear ecosystem, it appears that Google is looking to shake things up-starting with a rebranding of the OS to 'Wear OS'.

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