Android Wear 2.0 Release Date, News & Update: Google Put Tap-To-Pay Features Into Smartwatch, More Details Here.
Wearable payments are on the way. Google is now finally ready to bring tap-to-play to Android Wear 2.0. Android Police discovered an evidence in the Google Play Services version 10.0 that revealed the later stages of testing for Android Wear 2.0 tap-to-pay feature. The reports claim that there is a text prompt with a message saying, "Try holding your watch to the terminal again."
Google is wanting to make sure that the software for Android Wear 2.0 is perfect before releasing it to the market. The feature could be introduced sooner, as the inclusion of text prompts suggest the features are being tested right now.
An Android Wear 2.0 watch with Near Field Communication (NFC) chip are compatible to an NFC-equipped retail terminal for paying goods. Another new feature coming in Smartwatch is the "Instant Apps" where you can use software and apps without downloading and installing them in store sites.
Actually, the tap-to-pay was already available on android, but not in the Android Wear until the Android Wear 2.0 released. Samsung Gear S3 watch and Samsung Pay can do this feature. This feature works on Android KitKat 4.4 and above.
Smartwatches have disappointed late sales wise and companies that are reportedly scaling back development, causing Google to have a delay for the Android Wear 2.0. Despite the appearance in Google Play Services, consumers won't likely see tap-to-pay now until Android Wear 2.0 arrives early next year.
The Tap-to-pay feature could arrive at the same schedule of the Android wear's release. The Android Wear watches are built and designed by Google to be the smartwatch equivalent of its Pixel phones.
The compatibility of the Android Wear 2.0 won't be available for every Android Wear smartwatch. Moto 360, LG G Watch and other older devices can't be used for this new feature.
Android Wear 2.2 watches will be released on the first half of 2017. A few changes may cause the delay of the schedule but Google is confident to release the update on next year.