Google says that in 2017, one in three Android Wear watches were paired to iPhones, and while improvements in Wear 2.0 made it better for iPhone users, Google felt like the name wasn't reflecting that.
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The company says that to better reflect its vision for the platform and the people who wear its watches, it has chose to rebrand Android Wear as Wear OS by Google.
Kleidermacher, who assumed his position with the Mountain View, CA search-giant in May, 2017, added that the Android team is "hard at work" ensuring the worries surrounding these bugs become a thing of the past. Android TV, for one, might benefit from a new image - but there are still questions left about the shift to Wear OS. A new area of Google's website has officially confirmed the change. The new name, according to Dennis Troper, director of product management for Wear OS by Google, "better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all - the people who wear our watches". This includes some of the older watches like the Fossil Q Marshal, CASIO Smart Outdoor Watch, and Michael Kors Access Bradshaw, as well as some of the more recent watches like the Fossil Q Venture and Fossil Q Explorist, the DIESEL Full Guard, Misfit Vapor, Montblanc Summit and quite a few others. By opening up the design and hardware to actual watchmakers, as well as traditional tech brands, Google has mustered together a HUGE range of brilliant-looking smartwatch devices. Let's hope this change breathes some much needed life into the operating system and is the first of many updates to come. Apparently, even iPhone users have been buying Android Wear smartwatches, which leaves us wondering just wear the Apple Watch is in all this.
For more information, check out Google's blog announcement.