Google Is Preparing Tap-To Pay For Android Wear Smartwatches

Posted: Nov 22 2016, 11:01am CST | by , Updated: Nov 22 2016, 9:06pm CST , in Technology News


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Google Is Preparing Tap-To Pay For Android Wear Smartwatches

Google is following in the footsteps of Samsung.

Android Police is of the view that Google might actually be ready to introduce tap-to pay Android Wear. This has been concluded from the evidence obtained from the Google Play services version 10.0. Certain text strings suggest that Google is probably in the late stages of testing.

One such text message was ‘try holding your watch to the terminal again’. This means if you own a compatible Android Wear watch you will be able to pay by a simple tap at any NFC-equipped terminal. There is also another cool feature on its way too. This feature will be known as ‘Instant apps’.

In this feature you will be able to experience an app without actually installing it. Android Police reports that Instant App services have been switched on. This means this feature is being tested to be released soon.

The Android tap-to pay currently is available only to those who use Samsung Gear 3 and Samsung Pay. This feature can only be used by those who are using an Android device with KitKat 4.4 or later.

This is simply because Samsung has made the payment facility available to many other Android users who are using its Tizen OS-based watch. The Gear 3 has the same magnetic stripe payment tech as the Samsung phones so you can enjoy paying anywhere in the United States.

In general the sales of wearables have not been much impressive. Companies like Intel have actually scaled down the development of such devices. Even Google delayed its Android wear 2.0 to early 2017.

In the meantime Mountain View improved its software and gave smartwatch owners a reason to smile. Even though the tap-to pay has appeared in the Google Play services it won’t be around till next year when the Android wear 2.0 arrives.

It is rumored that the service may come when Google is to announce a smartwatch equivalent to that of its Pixel Ph

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