Google's planning to re-brand Android Wear as 'Wear OS'

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As MWC 2018 came and went, we didn't see any notable Android Wear devices get unveiled. There's that confusion that Android Wear devices are specific to Android, yet this isn't true.

Google has not confirmed the name change, and therefore has not provided an explanation for the speculated move. As you'll see in the screenshot below, Google looks to be testing a new logo for its wearable platform, but that's not even the biggest news here.

If Wear OS will indeed be unveiled at this year's I/O, Google may also be planning to announce major initiatives alongside the new name.

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Google is promoting it by the name of "Wear OS".

So if you weren't paying attention, the first Android P Developer Preview already launched nearly a week ago, giving us a glimpse of what Google thinks the next Android version should look like. A while back, companies were racing to unveil new Android Wear gear.

There has been no official word from Google on the new name.

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Android Wear is now mainly used in smartwatches made by Asus (ZenWatch 2 and 3), Fossil (Q Founder, Marshal, Wander), Huawei (Watch), Lenovo (Moto 360 Gen 2, Sport), LG (Watch Urbane, G Watch R) and Tag Heuer (Connected).

Rebranding Android Wear to Wear OS also eliminates the notion that Android-Wear powered devices are only available to Android smartphone owners, as Android Wear smartwatches work with iPhones.

Google is reshaping its search bar for its mobile site and it will now appear more rounded, much like the search bar on the Pixel launcher. For example, Google Keep now features a brand new black background and the fonts are more pronounced so that they could be easier to read on small screens.

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