15 March 2018
Update: March 16th, 2018
It appears that the rumour is true and Google is changing the name of its Android Wear to Wear OS. Google has confirmed this and said:
…we’re announcing a new name that better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all—the people who wear our watches. We’re now Wear OS by Google, a wearables operating system for everyone.
Original Post (March 12th, 2018)
Google may soon rebrand its Android Wear with the label ‘Wear OS,’ well if we go by a screenshot shared by a Redditor.
The user noticed a new Android Wear logo while setting up his watch and as you can clearly see in the posted screenshot, the label shows Wear OS. This directly hints that the company is planning to rebrand its smartwatches’ OS – Android Wear with just the Wear OS, removing the Android from it.
Well, the move is said to have been taken to give equal importance to the iOS and Android. Dropping the “Android” from Android Wear is said to be happening since this OS is compatible with both Android and iOS.
Looking at the icon, the stylized “W” in Google’s trademark color scheme, looks like a mix between the Google Assistant icon and the logo of Warner Bros. And, the left to it is the label written “Wear OS,” which shouldn’t be confused with the watchOS, which is the operating system that Apple Watch uses.
Android Wear (Wear OS) has been receiving new features and absorbing changes to make itself more valuable and worthy. More companies are joining to launch Android Wear smartwatches. Fitbit is also aiming to launch a mid-range one sooner with Android Wear. More players will join in soon looking at the growth graph of the OS.