"New watch alert: Hublot." The timepiece maker, made famous by rapper and Tidal owner Jay Z in a shout-out on his track "Otis", is releasing a smartwatch powered by Google's Wear OS. It's called Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Cute name. Call me when Hov puts one on.
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Yesterday, Google announced it would rename its four-year-old smartwatch operating system from Android Wear to Wear OS. Ostensibly, the purpose of this rebranding is to prevent scaring off iPhone owners from purchasing smartwatches running Android Wear, which for a long time has supported pairing with both Android and iOS devices. As Google puts it, Wear OS is "a wearables operating system for everyone".