Google may rebrand struggling Android Wear as 'Wear OS'

14 March, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Google Play services beta hints at Android Wear rebrand to 'Wear OS'

This could be part of a push to broaden the appeal of its products and services, rather than having them tied specifically to the Android system (both Android Wear devices and Google Pay work with iOS products, though support for the former isn't great). Google Assistant is also present, but older Android Wear devices can not work with this virtual assistant due to their hardware limitations.

Google has not confirmed the name change, and therefore has not provided an explanation for the speculated move.

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.

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During the process of setting up an Android Wear device, a reddit user has spotted something quite peculiar. However, there are some theories on why the wearable operating system will be renamed as Wear OS.

It appears that Google might be thinking about rebranding its iteration of Android OS for wearable devices. Redditor, /u/H3x0n posted a screenshot under subreddit/r/AndroidWear that displays a new name and logo when requested to set up an Android Wear smartwatch under Nearby notification. The new Android P update shows off the Wear OS but with the same old icon. Foremost amongst these is the limited success of the Android Wear platform.

The most recent update to Android Wear in December 2017 brought a "Touch Lock" function for locking the screen to prevent random taps when using devices underwater, as well as improved power efficiency and compatibility with new languages. This will clear the confusion about the Wearables in the users and they will be easily paired up with cross platform smartwatches to share different things together.



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