Google Tap-And-Pay Latest News & Updates: Service Appears To Be Ready For Android Wear Smartwatch
It seems that Google is finally ready to present tap-to-pay to Android Wear basing the proof that was found in the Google Play Services version 10.0. Google might be in the late stages of testing out the feature but it looks like it's now being prepared to operate.
People may wonder why Google took time in ramping up the development of the service. When the first Android Wear smartwatch with an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip was made available in the market, it has been reported that Google started its creative process in 2014.
According to Engadget, the tap-to-pay will only work on a Samsung Gear S3 watch and Samsung Pay are needed to do such. The feature can operate on any Android device with KitKat 4.4 or later since Samsung just had its payment service available to other Android smartphones as long as the Tizen OS-based watch is used.
Equipped with similar magnetic stripe payment as Samsung's phones, the Gear S3 allows payment through the watch anywhere in the US. Android Wear 2.0 will be available early next year and it might arrive alongside a pair of Android Wear watches designed and created by Google as a smartwatch counterpart of Pixel phones.
On the other hand, one more new feature that seems to be released in next to no time is Instant Apps which is a way to acquire apps without the need of installing them. According to Android Police, the Instant App services have been turned on which could mean that most likely, it's being tested.
The tap-and-pay services were also seen in the Play Services earlier this year which means that Google has been getting its hands on the feature. Although there's not too much details being revealed at the moment, finding the feature in the Play Services application package means that it is being tested.