Will Android Wear Soon be Rebranded as Wear OS?

13 March, 2018, 04:21 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Google Play services beta hints at Android Wear rebrand to 'Wear OS'

As you'll see in the screenshot below, Google looks to be testing a new logo for its wearable platform, but that's not even the biggest news here.

9to5Google notes that with version 12.4 of the Android P Developer Preview, devices are referred to under the "Wear OS" name, though the the current logo remains; however, with the latest beta, version 12.5, both the new name and logo are in use. As it seems, Google is ready to rename Android Wear to simply "Wear OS".

Android Wear fans may be disappointed to learn the company is planning to rebrand its wearable platform in the coming months, but it's not necessarily a sign the company is giving up on smartwatches. Of course, we'll probably hear something about the rebranding at Google I/O 2018 this May if it's real so stay tuned. The Nearby feature helps to detect and pair-up with near Android devices and services.

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Google's Android Wear was introduced nearly 4 years ago, its initial release being unleashed on March 18, 2014. Google's mobile payments service Android Pay joined Google Wallet to become Google Pay only last month.

Android wears are mainly used for tracking the physical activities such as walk, run, and other exercises. While this is the first build of the upcoming Android OS, changes are expected to follow in the subsequent previews before the final build is released this fall. 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. However, the company will soon come up with an official statement regarding the same and we would update you with that.


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