If you're an Android Wear user, the thing on your wrist may soon start smelling really bad. Android Wear is no longer shown on the Google Store homepage among other Google Products. It can still be found by, ironically, googling it, but there is no permanent link to the Android Wear store available from the general Google Store anymore.
This comes just a few days after the disappointing Android Wear Oreo beta that didn't include any noteworthy changes aside from minor text fixes and slight notification improvements. This is very unfortunate as some of us just purchased Android Wear devices:
Look what I just got! because wearing only one smartwatch is so 2016 pic.twitter.com/R7dbpDZvBL— Dennis the Minecraft YouTuber (@DennisBednarz) September 28, 2017
A Google employee spoke to 9to5Google and revealed that Android Wear was not removed because it's "dead", however, Microsoft still claims that Windows 10 Mobile is alive and kicking so take this with a grain of salt:
"A Googler confirmed today that Android Wear wasn't removed from the Google Store for any reason aside from the fact that Google currently doesn't make a watch, just like we presumed last night. He says that the Google Store will only stock devices either branded by Google or part of the "Made for Google" program. "
This does not explain why you can't buy the latest Android Wear devices from LG anymore. The LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport were released just in April of 2017, and they already say "Not available" when you try to actually buy one of them. Do note that Google uses two different names for "Out of stock" and "Not available" and looking at Google's previous naming scheme, this simply means that the devices have been discontinued.
Both of these LG watches were made in partnership with Google, which means you can see them as the "Nexus" watches of Android Wear, and that just makes the situation even more bothersome. Google hasn't had much success with Android Wear and this as well as multiple manufacturers pulling the plug on their devices does not shine a bright future for the platform.
What do you think? Is this the end? Do you own an Android Wear device? Let us know in the comments!