Wear OS

Wear OS dev preview shows what’s coming next for smartwatches

Wear OS dev preview shows what’s coming next for smartwatches

Google has just rebranded Android Wear, now formally “Wear OS by Google”, this month but nothing has really changed under the hood. It’s the same old, same old situation that might not inspire much confidence in Google’s smartwatch platform. Today, Google announced the first developer preview under the new Wear OS branding that points at the direction that the Android-based OS is going. And it might not all be good news for developers and users.

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Hublot Big Bang Referee smartwatch is made for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Hublot Big Bang Referee smartwatch is made for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Swiss watchmaker Hublot has unveiled a Wear OS smartwatch designed specifically for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and it's called the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. "It was a specific need expressed by FIFA," the company says, "and Hublot brought it to life!" The wearable will be used by the game referees, though a limited number of units will also be made available to the public starting May 1.

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Wear OS by Google gives Android Wear a smartwatch reboot

Wear OS by Google gives Android Wear a smartwatch reboot

Android Wear has relaunched with a new name, with the smartwatch platform now called Wear OS by Google. The decision, Google says, was a fairly straightforward one: a growing percentage of Android Wear smartwatch owners were actually using it connected to an iPhone. Indeed, in 2017 the company claims, one in every three new Android Wear watches was paired up to an iPhone.

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