For a while now, we've heard reports about the shrinking Android smartwatch market. Although smartwatches saw a period of growth a year ago, it doesn't look like many device makers are that eager to create new Android Wear smartwatches.
The appearance of a new logo accompanied by the name "Wear OS" when connecting a smartwatch to a smartphone running the first beta version of Android P for developers, got certain testers wondering if changes could be in store.
Android Wear is in a peculiar position.
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Maybe Google will have more to share at Google I/O which should be taking place in the next couple of months, so check back with us then for more details.
Android Wear used to be my personal favorite wearable OS, and I religiously wore the Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360, and Huawei Watch. As noted by Android Headlines, there were more references to Wear OS in the beta APK, including referring to it as the "wearable service name", suggesting that a name change is incoming. You're conditioned to look for iOS, so it's not initially 100% clear that Android Wear will work with your phone and may put you off looking at Google's smartwatches right away.
Although the rebrand is now just a rumor, it's becoming a bit of a trend for Google with its Android products. According to a notification received by a Reddit user (via Android Police) and additional commentary from 9to5Google, the Mountain View company might be prepping a refresh of the OS with a new name and new logo.