Android Pay Headed to Android Wear Smartwatches?

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For some time now, Android Pay has been available in the US of A, as well as further afield, and it’s been making it much easier to pay for things at checkout for a lot of us. Of course, there are times when you don’t want to pay for something with your phone and for those times, a watch might be more convenient. Apple Watch owners know that feeling all too well, thanks to Apple Pay being built into the watch, but for Android users, there’s been no such luck on Android Wear. That could all be changing next year, however, with the release of Android Wear 2.0 next year. At least, that is if hints left in the latest version of Google Play Services are to be believed.

Recently, A new version of Google Play Services launched, this time version 10.0.84 and as usual, the folks at Android Police have taken it apart to see if there are any upcoming secrets that this latest APK has to offer. In this version of Google Play Services, there are a number of different strings that relate to Android Wear and Android Pay coming together. The whole tap and pay thing that Android Pay’s use of NFC is built upon is mentioned a number of times in strings with a “wear” device, which have been spotted before, but prompts such as “Try holding your watch to the terminal again” when a payment goes wrong, it pretty much confirms that Android Pay will be making its way to Android Wear sooner, rather than later.

Of course, the current crop of Android Wear smartwatches don’t have NFC chips included for the most part, which does make things a little difficult, but with Android Wear 2.0 launching next Spring, it’s likely that the new range of Android Wear smartwatches will feature NFC chips as well as Android Pay as a launch feature for Android Wear 2.0. With Mobile World Congress being held in February of next year, it’s likely that Google and their partners will be looking to make a big splash come then, so we should know more by then.