The Android Wear brand presented in 2014 leaves and is replaced with a new name: Wear OS. A new area of the Google website has officially confirmed the change. Wear OS even has a new slogan: "Make every minute matter." For now, that's really all the news there is; since it works on both Android and iOS, Google's smartwatch platform receives a more flexible nickname that does not link it to a specific mobile operating system. Apple's software platform on the Apple Watch is called watchOS.
And although Wear OS does not give iPhone users the same features as Android users, some iPhone owners are choosing watches with Google software through Apple Watch. "In 2017, one in three owners of Android Wear watches also used an iPhone," says Google. Android users still make up the majority of customers, but it's not as unbalanced as you might think. So far, more than 50 Wear OS watches have hit the market, and fashion brands have really gravitated towards the platform. It can be a bit difficult to distinguish some of your offers at this time.
"We are announcing a new name that better reflects our technology, our vision and, most importantly, the people who wear our watches, now we are Wear OS by Google, a wearables operating system for everyone," said Dennis Tropper of Google in a publication. of blog. "You will begin to see the new name on your watch and phone application in the coming weeks."
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The new brand and logo appeared a little earlier in the notifications that some Android users recently received. And the first preview of Android P developer also refers to the wearables platform as "Wear OS".
Google is likely to have more to say about its future ambitions with Wear OS and upcoming features at its I / O conference in early May. The software definitely needs some work and rethinking; I do not think the great version 2.0 was as good as Google would have liked.
Today's name change comes before next week at the Baselworld exhibition, where watchmakers are likely to announce a new wave of Android We … Use OS products.