Android Wear Could be Seeing a Rebrand to Wear OS


In addition, the screen named the operating system "Wear OS" rather than Android Wear.

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".

The Reddit user who discovered these changes saw them via a Google Play services' notification for Nearby functionality meant to "help you find and interact with services and devices close to you". A potential refresh of the platform may change that.

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This news marks a show of interest in wearables from Google, which is significant because Android Wear has been languishing in recent years. Until then, we remain skeptical as to what Google may have up its sleeve for your wrist. With no new Android Wear products coming in the near future, the platform's future doesn't seem too bright.

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 LG Watch Style - one of the first devices to feature Android Wear 2.0.

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Android wears are mainly used for tracking the physical activities such as walk, run, and other exercises.

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.

Not so long ago, Google rebranded its Android Pay service to Google Pay in an attempt to homogenize its mobile payment solutions.

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Since there is no any official confirmation about this rebranding available with us, we are unable to confirm the same.