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Google may rebrand Android Wear to Wear OS

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has hinted it might be rebranding Wear -- the (OS) that it designed for and other wearables -- to simply "Wear OS".

According to tech website 9to5mac, this new name was first spotted by a Reddit user who received a pairing notification that features the new name and Assistant-like logo.

The notification was generated by Play services, specifically the "Nearby" functionality that "helps you find and interact with services and devices close to you".

Developers exploring the latest P Developer Preview have also noticed that the usual watch-like logo has been replaced with a distinctive "W" and the announcement suggestively could happen by the time P is released -- if not by the I/O conference in May.

firm (IDC) estimated that Wear was virtually non-existent among the top five in the fourth quarter of 2017 -- even Chinese company got to fifth place primarily through its fitness trackers -- not its wristwear.

Last week, released the first developer preview of its next version of "P" which the company said was mostly focused on the changes that will affect developers and might not have significant user interface (UI) adjustments.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 11:20 IST