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Google Shows Users How To Make Payments Through Android Wear Smartwatch

By Andy Franco , Feb 08, 2017 09:08 AM EST
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It was recently reported that Google was planning to unveil the Android Wear 2.0, the latest version of the smartwatch operating system, in early February. The next generation of the Android Wear, which is set have direct support for installing Google Play apps on wearable devices like smartwatches.

Reports have been floating that the Android Wear 2.0 will be launched tomorrow Feb. 9 or the next day. Whether or not it will be finally out on that day, Google has graced the internet with a glimpse of a new feature. The final Developer Preview has just been released. It was expected that Android Pay would become available to the Android Wear smartwatches as Android Wear 2.0 finally launches. Official screenshots of what the feature will look like on the Android Pay in the Google Play Store are already available.

The screenshot has the phrase "Hold to Terminal" with a photo of a card at the bottom. Then the same card has a green check that supposedly means that the payment was already done. Next is a shot of the previous transactions. Retail stores like health and beauty store, Boots, and multinational coffeehouse company, Costa Coffee, are also in the mix. It seems that the two retailers will be supporting Android Pay as a photo includes the store names.

The preview 5 has support for iOS with NFC Host Card Emulation (HCE), which lets anyone make payments with NFC. Android Pay's new payment feature for smartwatches will function if the wearable includes the Near Field Communication (NFC) chip. HCE is used by Google for mobile payments done on the NFC. HCE is an on-device tech that allows card emulation on an NFC-enabled device without the need to depend on accessing a secure element.

Along with this report, two new Android watches made by LG are ready for launch. The watches are expected to run the software as well.

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