Android Wear, Google’s version of Android Operating Systems designed specifically for wearable devices like smart wristwatches, has officially changed its name. It is now officially “Wear OS by Google”
The announcement came yesterday Thursday 15th March. The announcement was made by Dennis Troper, Director of Product Management, Wear OS by Google. On the choice of the new brand name, he said, it (Wear OS by Google) “better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all—the people who wear our watches”.d
So expect to start seeing the new name, Wear OS by Google on your smartwatches and phone app over the next few weeks.
Android Wear is a version of Google’s Android Operating System (OS) designed for smartwatches and other wearable. The Operating System works by interfacing with a mobile phone running Android 4.3 or newer, or on the iOS 8.2 or newer.
After its first version Android Wear 4.4W1, released in June 2014 and named after the Android base version it supports, Android Wear has grown and upgraded into eight versions, with Android Wear 2.0 its latest and released February, 2017. In the first six months of availability, it was estimated that over 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches had been shipped, while as at January 2016, Android Wear had between one and five million application installations. In 2015, an estimated 10% of the smartwatch market was held by Androi Wear.
Android Wear 2.0 also integrates the Google Now technology and mobile notifications into a smartwatch form factor. It also adds the ability to download applications from the Google Play Store