Android Wear has been around for a while now, but it hasn't picked up the pace as Google would have wanted. Unlike its previous grey display background, the Android wear 2.8 now features a darker background display.
The Alphabet backed search engine firm is hell-bent on giving its Android Wear platform a new life, and what's better than rebranding it in achieving the same.
The lingering question, meanwhile, is why would Google drop the "Android" in the operating system's name and instead go for a more generic branding?
This function alerts the Android Wear users about a nearby Android Wear device to pair up with it to your current Android Wear device. Further research by XDA-Developers revealed the recently-launched Android P preview refers to Android Wear as Wear OS throughout its internals.
Cross-checking the information, the rebranded name "Wear OS" and logo appears only with recent Google Play Services beta update (12.5 version).
While this doesn't necessarily mean the announcement is imminent, the new discovery does seem to indicate the rebranding will happen at least by the time Android P gets released. There are some Android Wear devices that can be used with Apple as well so it would make sense to call them Wear OS, keeping it neutral across all devices. With this change of name, Google is hopeful that consumers will no longer think of their smartwatches as devices that are only compatible with other Android devices. A while back, companies were racing to unveil new Android Wear gear. However, the company will soon come up with an official statement regarding the same and we would update you with that.