With all of the rebranding efforts of Android Wear to Wear OS by Google, and an update to the Wear OS app for Android, the next question is which watches will get updated to reflect the new branding. Well, it seems, a fair number of them.
Google has taken to the renamed Android Wear forum to announce which watches will get updated. While the time frame of a “the coming weeks” was provided, there was no further timeline provided or which watch will receive the update first.
With Android Wear being rebranded Wear OS today, Google has taken the opportunity to update the Android Wear app for Android. The app update, however, is not just a rebranding exercise. The company took the opportunity to revamp the user experience of the app and make it far more friendly than previous iterations.
The new app build is version 18.104.22.168560295 for those keeping score at home and has been released to the Play Store. It may take a few days to get to everyone. Once it does, you will find that settings for your watch are not front-and-center on the home page of the app.
After finding indicators in the latest beta of Google Play Services, it looks like the branding of Android Wear has officially moved to Wear OS. Google launched a new site this morning for the platform, removing the Android Wear name in favor of the new one.
As indicated before, this rebranding makes a lot of sense. Google has been slowly separating things from the Android name, instead making them Google branded or generic. The best example of this is the recent change from Android Pay to Google Pay. For Android Wear, this makes sense because Wear devices have long been compatible with iPhones thanks to the Wear app.
It looks like Google is once again set to rebrand an Android named product or service to something more Google generic. In the latest beta of Google Play Services, version 12.5, references to Android Wear have been changed to Wear OS, complete with a new “W” icon and everything.
The change was first spotted in name only in the version of Play Services that came in the Android P Developer Preview. But a new beta rolled out to those in the beta channel for the app and you get the above changes when using the Nearby feature of Android.