Google Rebrands Android Wear as Wear OS

Currently if you own a smartwatch, it’s most likely to be powered by Android or Apple’s WatchOS, the latter being the more premium and feature packed one. Google hasn’t been very active in pushing updates for its operating system for smart wearables until now. This is likely to change as Google has now rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS.

As for the moment, smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 that will be updated to Wear OS will not see any changes apart from a new name. In addition to that, the Android Wear app on users’ smartphones will also be replaced with a new app bearing the new name. Apart from that, there won’t be any changes on the UI front.

Google had also introduced Google Pay through smartwatches running Android Wear and this functionality will be extended to Wear OS as well. Unfortunately, Android Pay is currently restricted to only select markets. We are yet to see the payment feature come to the Indian market. In addition to that, not all smartwatches are able to support Android Pay as there must be an inbuilt NFC chip to facilitate the transaction.

As for now, there are a couple of smartwatches that will receive the Wear OS update. These include:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
  • Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Venture
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Guess Connect
  • Gc Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • Kate Spade Scallop
  • LG Watch Sport
  • LG Watch Style
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour
  • Misfit Vapor
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • Michael Kors Sofie
  • Montblanc Summit
  • Movado Connect
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • Skagen Falster Smartwatch
  • TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41
  • TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz

With the rebranding, it does seem like Google will be looking to take the competition to the Apple Watch, which is currently leading when it comes to smart wearables. We sure hope to see more feature-packed software updates coming to Wear OS in the near future. What are your views on this?