Android Wear Could be Seeing a Rebrand to Wear OS

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

Apart from the new name and logo, little else is known about the new Wear OS at present.

We decompiled the Google Play Services beta APK, and indeed found several references to Wear OS throughout the strings.

Market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) estimated that Android Wear was virtually non-existent among the top five wearable manufacturers in the fourth quarter of 2017 - even Chinese electronics company Huawei got to fifth place primarily through its fitness trackers - not its Android wristwear.

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). Apparently, the name change has been reported in version 12.4 of the app, which is part of the new Android P Developer Preview.

Here's more about the new visible changes coming to the search bar.

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Amongst other changes, we will see a colorful "G" logo on the left and the search icon will no longer be highlighted in a blue square.

Google may be gearing up to rebrand its Android Wear smartwatch operating system.

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.

The latest Android 2.8 update for the smart watch is available on smartphones and users can upgrade the smart watch as soon as the upgrade is available on their devices.

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