While MobileSyrup reported a couple of days ago that a name change was likely on the way for Google’s wearable operating system, the news is now official — Android wear is now called Wear OS.
This morning Google started redirecting to wearos.google.com from the tech giant’s Android Wear website, complete with the name change to Wear OS.
Beyond branding, it’s unclear what’s changed, but it’s likely Google will release more information about the switch in the next few hours. The branding could have something to do with marketing the wearable operating system to iOS years, which could be why the new name drops ‘Android’ for ‘Wear OS by Google.’
You can find Wear OS’ new website at this link.
Google recently rebranded Android Pay, as well as its other various payment platforms, under one banner called Google Pay.
Android Wear 2.0, the last major update to Google’s wearable operating system, was first released back in February 2017. The update features a revamped user-interface that featured Google’s material design, the ability to run standalone apps, a built-in keyboard, revamped notifications and more.
While Google’s wearable operating system continues to push forward, many manufacturers have dropped our of the smartwatch race, most notably Motorola with the Moto 360. HTC and Samsung have also stated that they no future plans to support Google’s smartwatch OS.
Update 15/03/2018: The official @WearOSbyGoogle Twitter account has confirmed the Wear OS name change.
— Wear OS by Google (@WearOSbyGoogle) March 15, 2018
Via: Droid Life