Android Wear Has Been Rebranded To Wear OS: Here's Why


Google's chief of security for Android, Google Play and the Chrome operating system - boldly proclaimed during a recent interview with CNET that "Android is now as safe as the competition", including iOS.

And even though iPhone users don't get the same amount of features as Android users, some of them are actually picking Wear OS over the Apple Watch.

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It wasn't long ago that it was speculated Google was planning a name change to its Android Wear platform, and it turns out that that change is happening.

Google has now updated one more of it's app on Android platform. Android Wear certainly sounds like something that only works with Android, and it could be especially so for an iOS user that's used to Apple products only working with iOS devices, such as the Apple Watch. Well, when it comes to Android Wear, I suppose you could say "a turd by any other name would smell as awful". Things are looking up for the smartwatch industry, even if it doesn't seem to flying off shelves.

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While we're seeing one of the biggest branding changes in the history of Google's platforms today, there isn't much else to talk about. It's focusing on paying freelance bug hunters more money, requiring phone makers to agree to more regular update schedules and employing Google Play Protect (launched in May) to scan devices for apps it knows are bad and mitigate the risk. "We're now Wear OS by Google, a wearables operating system for everyone", the company said in a blog post.

The version number is, but it doesn't appear to be a server-side rollout as I just sideloaded the new APK from APKMirror and received the rebrand immediately. Activations of smartwatches running the OS increased 60-percent year on year between the 2016 holiday season and the 2017 holiday season.

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