Google Hints Rebranding Android Wear as Wear OS


For a while now, we've heard reports about the shrinking Android smartwatch market. It seemingly wanted to ditch the association of Android with the name of its watch specific interface. They haven't disclosed any details regarding changing name, but the company must have wanted to remove the Android from the name of a device, as the device is not limited to Android only.

This change was found in the latest 12.5 beta for Play Services, and while there's not much else it reveals, it's exciting nonetheless.

However, Google's OS for wearable, Android Wear hasn't seen tangible restructuring for a long time now.

As noted, Android Wear is Google's operating system for smart wearables and supports both Android and iOS devices.

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The notification was generated by Google Play services, specifically the "Nearby" functionality that "helps you find and interact with services and devices close to you".

So if you weren't paying attention, the first Android P Developer Preview already launched nearly a week ago, giving us a glimpse of what Google thinks the next Android version should look like. After all, one can use Android Wear watches with iPhones too. However, there are some theories on why the wearable operating system will be renamed as Wear OS. The steps emerge as a new development towards releasing Fuchsia, forthcoming Android OS. In this way, Wear OS makes more sense than the current Android Wear nomenclature. However, thanks to lackluster hardware that was released to debut Android Wear 2.0, the platform's kind of been in a rut for over a year now.

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