Notification suggests Android Wear could be renamed 'Wear OS'

Ismael LynchMar 13, 2018

Google has hinted it might be rebranding Android Wear - the operating system (OS) that it designed for smartwatches and other wearables - to simply "Wear OS". According to a notification received by a Reddit user (via Android Police) and additional commentary from 9to5Google, the Mountain View company might be prepping a refresh of the OS with a new name and new logo. He has even shared a Screenshot regarding the update. You can see the rebranded logo of Wear OS in the listed image.

So, why the changes, more so the name?

The Android Wear ecosystem has been in a precarious state as of late.

Google is finally bringing one of their much talked about feature, earlier limited only to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones.

This function alerts the Android Wear users about a nearby Android Wear device to pair up with it to your current Android Wear device. By switching to Wear OS, Google can clarify the compatibility of Wear devices while giving the platform a second chance. This was the first time Google allowed Android to be themed without using custom ROMs or replacing system files - different colors and overlays, a dark theme, change emojis in some apps, customize the navigation bar icons, lock screen, recent app thumbnails, quick settings - you name it, Andromeda can probably do it.

Google launched the new payment services and they are promoting the Android Wear in the same way they have done branding new pay app. The same thing is going to happen with the Android Wear. Since, Android Wear devices are actually compatible with both iOS and Android, Google may be intending to make this clearer to smartwatch buyers.

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