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12 March 2018, 05:19 | Justin Tyler
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First spotted by Redditor /u/H3x0n on the /r/AndroidWear subreddit, the latest Google Play Services beta update is showing a new logo and name when attempting to set up an Android Wear smartwatch. Whatever the reason for the apparent stagnation in the Android Wear ecosystem, it appears that Google is looking to shake things up-starting with a rebranding of the OS to 'Wear OS'. One Reddit user speculates that it may be because their smart watches are compatible with not only Android but also iOS platforms.
Android wears are mainly used for tracking the physical activities such as walk, run, and other exercises.
As such, this doesn't seem to mark the beginning of the end of Android or even Android Wear, but perhaps a way of separating the associations of the past - something that will be welcome news to the increasing number of fashion brands who have adopted the operating system for their wrist-wear and have no particular affiliation with Android.
Instead if devices are under the Wear OS name, it makes it far more palatable for those with iPhones and want to have a different device to the Apple Watch. They haven't disclosed any details regarding changing name, but the company must have wanted to remove the Android from the name of a device, as the device is not limited to Android only.
Given the fact that the Pixel Launcher's search bar already shares the same shape and that Android Pfeatures more rounded design elements, we wouldn't be surprised to see this become official soon. The last stable version of software 12.2 allowed to receive nearby notifications.
Android Wear has been around for a while now, but it hasn't picked up the pace as Google would have wanted. In the case of wearable devices and its applications, the new name is suitable.
But, if you don't have a Pixel device, you can use the Android Emulator to test your app and explore Android P.
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