Monday, 16 July, 2018

Android Wear Might Be Rebranded To 'Wear OS'

Image by The Verge Image by The Verge
Eleanor Moreno | 14 March, 2018, 00:30

For a while now, we've heard reports about the shrinking Android smartwatch market. Google Assistant is also present, but older Android Wear devices can not work with this virtual assistant due to their hardware limitations.

So, why the changes, more so the name?

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. Meanwhile, existing Android Wear devices are receiving the Android Oreo-based update, so it's not as if there's much incentive for existing users to upgrade to a new device.

The discovery was made by a Redditor using the "Nearby" feature of Google Play Services. However, there are some theories on why the wearable operating system will be renamed as Wear OS.


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).

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. While this is the first build of the upcoming Android OS, changes are expected to follow in the subsequent previews before the final build is released this fall.

Right now, the latest Android Wear release is 2.9, so it somehow makes sense to see this mobile operating system with a new name and image once it hits the 3.0 milestone.

Android wear was launched at Google I/O conference back in March 2014. 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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