Google planning to rebrand Android Wear operating system as Wear OS

Google Play services beta hints at Android Wear rebrand to 'Wear OS'

Android Wear may rebrand to 'Wear OS' according to latest Google Play Services beta

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

Last week, Google released the first developer preview of its next version of operating system "Android P" which the company said was mostly focused on the changes that will affect developers and might not have significant user interface (UI) adjustments.

Google Play services beta hints at Android Wear rebrand to 'Wear OS'

The notification shows the new Wear OS brand name and the new logo.

Retooling the Android Wear platform to Wear OS actually makes a lot of sense now, especially as it's not for Android-only compatibility devices anymore.

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9to5Google adds that the notification was sent via Google Play Services, which is now at version 12.2 (most recent stable release).

If you're an iPhone owner, the word Android generally means something isn't compatible with your phone. Although smartwatches saw a period of growth a year ago, it doesn't look like many device makers are that eager to create new Android Wear smartwatches.

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I'm guessing Google will formally introduce Wear OS this coming May at Google I/O, and while I don't anticipate any hardware announcements at that time, I'm hoping and praying for a Pixel Watch this October alongside the Pixel 3. Whatever the reason for the apparent stagnation in the Android Wear ecosystem, it appears that Google is looking to shake things up-starting with a rebranding of the OS to 'Wear OS'.

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While it still has "Google" in the name, it's another step away from the Android name and the search giants continues to shift products that aren't just available on Android (or will be in the future), under its own name.

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