Google to rebrand Android Wear as 'Wear OS'

  • Google to rebrand Android Wear as 'Wear OS'

Google to rebrand Android Wear as 'Wear OS'

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).

Google's Android Wear mobile operating system for wearables could be set to get a new name as well as new features, according to feedback from Android P beta-testers reported by 9to5Google.

This was first seen in the Android P Developer Preview as they refer Android Wear as Wear OS and replaced the watch icon with a "W".

Android Wear is pretty much at a standstill right now.

Google to rebrand Android Wear as 'Wear OS'

Recently, Google has after a long time, at least in the fast era of technology, officially made their Len available to non-Google or Android phones that have Google Photos installed.

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.

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

As such, this doesn't seem to mark the beginning of the end of Android or even Android Wear, but perhaps a way of separating the associations of the past - something that will be welcome news to the increasing number of fashion brands who have adopted the operating system for their wrist-wear and have no particular affiliation with Android.