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Google's Android Wear Smartwatch OS Could Receive 'Wear OS' Rebrand

12 March 2018

Android Wear is now mainly used in smartwatches made by Asus (ZenWatch 2 and 3), Fossil (Q Founder, Marshal, Wander), Huawei (Watch), Lenovo (Moto 360 Gen 2, Sport), LG (Watch Urbane, G Watch R) and Tag Heuer (Connected).

Anything you're hoping to see in Wear OS?

Android Wear used to be my personal favorite wearable OS, and I religiously wore the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360, and Huawei Watch. However it seems that Google could be looking to rebrand the platform, at least that's according to information found in the latest Google Play Services beta in which it has been suggested that Google could be rebranding Android Wear to "Wear OS".

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Android Wear is pretty much at a standstill right now.

Google is well-known for constantly experimenting with new designs and UI changes, mostly via limited server-side tests.

If you're an iPhone owner, the word Android generally means something isn't compatible with your phone. The fact that recent Wear devices also work with iOS devices could have played a part in the revamp.

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Rebranding Android Wear would no doubt help put the focus back on Google's smartwatch platform. Android Wear, which is now up to version 2.8, will reportedly soon receive a rebrand to "Wear OS".

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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Google's Android Wear Smartwatch OS Could Receive 'Wear OS' Rebrand