Google To Get Rid of 'Android' In Wearables

Doug Carpenter
March 14, 2018

Android Wear-powered devices can pair with both Android and iOS handsets and can download apps from the Google Play Store. The findings provide strong evidence that the Android Wear brand is being phased out. Now, the company is aiming towards changing the name of the OS with Wear OS as all the new reports confirmed the same news.

The new changes appeared after H3x0n installed the latest beta of Google Play services, so they're likely to appear for everyone who installs this beta version.

While the only reasonable explanation for the logo change is that Google wants deeper Assistant integration, we do believe the change to Wear OS is a move by Google to try and de-associate wearables with Android.

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.

Other than the new name and logo, we know nothing about this mysterious Wear OS. For example, Google Keep now features a brand new black background and the fonts are more pronounced so that they could be easier to read on small screens. Foremost amongst these is the limited success of the Android Wear platform.

There has been no official word from Google on the new name. After all, one can use Android Wear watches with iPhones too. In this way, Wear OS makes more sense than the current Android Wear nomenclature. Of course, we'll probably hear something about the rebranding at Google I/O 2018 this May if it's real so stay tuned.

GOOGLE APPEARS to be planning to rebrand its wearables operating system Android Wear as Wear OS in a future update.

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