eBay has long been the go-to marketplace for all those things you won’t find elsewhere such as imported products, and used items. A multibillion-dollar business, eBay was founded back in 1995, and is now headquartered in California. Over time, it has also built a robust infrastructure, and steadily built a decent mobile app for its users. The e-commerce giant has been looking for new ways to market products, and the app received a major design refresh in the previous update which arrived in May 2016.
Android Wear is still a fairly new platform and it’s still waiting for apps to adopt it in innovative ways, and eBay joined the group of apps providing full support for Android Wear in their latest update. Up until now, users have been able to access essential features of eBay through Android Wear, but this was limited. With this new update, the user is provided more details through the notification stream, with the picture and title of the listing available on Android Wear. The price and the time left for the listing to end is also shown to the user. Apart from this, the user will also be able to check and respond to messages right from the wearable device, making it an overall nifty feature to have without needing to take out your phone for quick replies.
The update also serves as an overhaul to the security features of the app, introducing a new One Time Password login method. Now users can opt for a code received in a text message as a one-time SMS instead of a password to log into eBay. The device can also be marked as trusted, which will allow the user to log in from that device without being asked to authenticate again. This feature works on both the app, and the website, making it convenient. The update also features support for Touch ID for iOS users, allowing them to authenticate with fingerprints. Surprisingly fingerprint authentication is not yet available on Android yet. But it is speculated that the feature will arrive on Android as well, as Google now supports 3rd party apps authenticating with the fingerprint scanner since Android Marshmallow. The update is now live on the Google Play Store.