The news has dropped in the run-up to Baselworld, the biggest trade show for the watch industry, which takes place in Basel next week. It's likely that a number of new timepieces that run Google's software will make their debut at the show, coupled with the new push.
Google's Dennis Troper hints to the reasons behind the change in his blog post, pointing out that one in three new Android Wear users own an iPhone. By pushing Google's wearables ecosystem away from Android, it could help clear up any implied confusion that the devices don't work with rival platforms.
That sentiment was echoed by Fossil's Greg McKelvey, who said that "many of our smartwatch customers are iOS users." The rebrand should, therefore, ensure that everyone knows that Wear OS is a broad, and welcoming church.
A new name may not be enough, however, for Google and its numerous partners to reclaim ground on Apple in the watch space. In September of last year, analysts believed that 33 million people had purchased an Apple Watch -- compared to just 10 million that run Android Wear.