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Android Pay App Listing Now Shows Screenshots for Android Wear Payments

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Tomorrow or the following day is supposed to be the launch day for Android Wear 2.0, according to a couple of reports. If so, that would mean the official introduction of Android Pay to the platform outside of a developer preview. Of course, you’ll need an NFC-equipped device in order to get in on this payment action, but either way, we think the time is near for payments with an Android-powered watch.

To add to that idea, a reader pointed out that Google added Android Wear screenshots to the Android Pay app within the past day (our friend the Wayback Machine seems to confirm). We’ve included those shots below, but you can see them at the Android Pay app listing by scrolling through the shots all of the way to the right. Is this proof that the Android Wear 2.0 launch is tomorrow? Well, no, but it certainly does match up nicely with timing, right? Why else would Google add Android Wear screenshots to Android Pay the night before we expect Wear 2.0 with NFC-payment support to go live? Google also told us to expect the final Android Wear 2.0 build in “early February,” so they need to hurry if they plan to land in that time frame.

Everyone ready for Android Wear payment action? Yes. Everyone ready for new NFC-equipped watches to make those payments with? Yes.

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  • M Baker

    No Huntington, no go.

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  • john lens

    Question: on the Samsung Gear S3, are there rewards card app (such as Stocard) for Gear S3?

  • jonzey231

    Hoping my Sony SW3 will get Pay. Really hoping.

    • john lens

      Keep hope Alive!

      • jonzey231

        Well…So much for that.

        #ThanksTrump

  • John Nilsson

    1.0 or 2.0 it will never be a Apple bro.

  • John Nilsson

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  • MrGutts

    That is great Google, so by 2018 whenever 2.0 wear decides to come out and then when the 3rd party hardware manufacturers decide if it’s even worth the company time and money to put in on there hardware it will be around 2019. It maybe useful then.

    • needa

      So negative.

      • MrGutts

        Call it being Negative or Pessimistic, but Google has a long proven track record of not keeping up with products or just out right shutting them down out of the blue.

    • John Nilsson

      That’s why they should just Abort it all and leave it to Apple to develop true technology.

  • Richard Sayce

    My old Sony smart watch 3 has NFC. I hope it’s gets the upgrade to wear 2.0.

    • Johny Bravo

      sony and upgrade, HAHA

      • Richard Sayce

        I saw in some places it will get it and others it won’t.
        But as you say, as it’s Sony so I won’t hold my breath.

    • jonzey231

      Really hoping this happens. Google handles the updates though, right? Or is it still up to the manufacturer to actually push the update?

      • JRomeo

        if the OEM partnered with google on delivering a stock Android Wear O.S., and If the newly released Android Wear O.S. is still compatible with older chipsets in older smartwatches, then the watch should get updated.

        • jonzey231

          I’m not questioning whether it will get updated. I’m questioning whether it will support Android Pay.

          • JRomeo

            I think only the new version of Android Wear will allow the Android Pay app to work. the original version of Android Wear does not support Android Pay, even if the watch has an NFC chip. as far as I know anyways.

          • jonzey231

            You’re correct. When I said, “I’m not questioning whether it will get updated”, I meant “that’s not what I’m asking because I know it will get updated. I just want to know that the NFC chip will also be activated for use as well”.

            Now, an hour later, the official list has come out and we now know that it won’t be updated at all. So it’s a no go.

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  • Godzilla

    This has been a total failure on google’s part. Wear 2.0 should have been out ages ago and pay via watch has been capitalized by apple and samsung. So now that they are finally catching up with current wearable tech, the only watch running wear 2.0 is going to be this horrendous looking LG watch coming out. What a joke that thing is.

    Im wearing my Samsung Gear S3 Frontier as we speak and I could not be happier with this thing. Samsung Pay works flawless on my Pixel XL and the watch itself is averaging three days per charge. Not to mention it looks and feels like a MAN’S watch.

    You’re too late on this one, google.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I’m thinking of going with the Non Frontier myself. Google is killing me right now.

      • Godzilla

        The Gear S3 Classic is just as awesome, you really cant go wrong with either. You’ll love it, trust me.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Does the watch work with MST if you don’t have a Samsung phone?

          • Godzilla

            The watch is capable of MST and NFC. So yes. Im using my Pixel XL and had no issues at all.

    • WCM3

      How successful is Samsung when you try to use it? I would use Android pay on my pixel but it doesn’t support my bank (Charles Schwab).

      • Godzilla

        How successful? I mean it just plain works, so…..

        • WCM3

          OK works 100% of the time. Great. Didn’t think that after watching a few videos of it on YouTube..

          • Godzilla

            There are plenty of videos showing guys using their watch to pay with a non samsung phone synced.

    • Jeff “BIG RED”

      Sounds like you like the SGS3. Have you tried any other wearables? How does it compare. Getting bored with my watch.

      • Godzilla

        Yes, I had the original moto 360 and my cousin went on deployment so i wore his LG watch urbane for a while. This is by far the best. Its fast, the user experience is top notch. The battery life is amazing compared to anything else on the market. That and it just looks and functions like a smart watch should.

        • Jeff “BIG RED”

          Nice nice! I’ll give it a try. Just didn’t realize they worked on any other phones besides Samsung. Glad it works well with the pixel xl. Then I won’t have to worry.

    • tu3218

      I’m looking to replace my s2 3g. I love the look, size, and functionality. But it is just slow and laggy. I was surprised and quite disappointed. Been using it for about 5 months now after using Android wear for a year or so. AW to me is just faster.

      However, the s3 looks solid. Just big. Did you ever use the s2? Is the s3 faster and smoother? I mean when trying to respond to texts on the s2, it takes forever! And the whole loading music onto the s2, what a PITA.

      So I’m really intrigued by what Google is going to offer in wear 2.0 and the new lg watches. I probably would of had the s3 by now if Verizon actually got off their asses and released it. Or Samsung is the problem. One of them, but I’m ideally looking for a 3g watch. $5 a month is nothing for the extra benefits.

    • John Nilsson

      That Samsung frontier is nice but honestly you should of gone Apple. That thing will loose support faster than a Clinton.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Everyone ready for being force to buy a bulky watch with features you don’t care about just for NFC?… NO..

    Get it together Google. NFC Payments should be on ALL watches going forward. You’re failing right now.

    • Godzilla

      Honestly the Gear S3 is as big as any watch out there and if you are even an averaged size man, its not as big as some reviews try to claim. It simply looks like a man’s watch, that’s all. Probably not for most females, but they can stick with their fitbits, lol.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Lol nah I just like minimal watches that fade into the background.

        • Godzilla

          Ah, well the Gear S2 is smaller and while not as new they updated it with the same software as the S3, so you have almost the same functionality.

          • Brandon Sobotta

            And I have heard slow?

    • Johny Bravo

      tell that to casio, they have new watch without NFC lol

    • John Nilsson

      They have been failing you just have had so much wool pulled over your poor eyes. It’s time to convert.

  • Boomdizzle

    Would be nice if Android pay supported more banks than they do. I still can’t use it with either of my accounts.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Bro.. What banks could you possibly have that isn’t supported still?

      • Godzilla

        Right? Must be some kind of super local bank.

      • Boomdizzle

        Huntington, I just noticed Chase is supported. Huntington isn’t on Samsung pay either and also doesn’t support fingerprint login like every other bank, so I shouldn’t really be surprised. They apparently hate technology.

    • John Nilsson

      Try going to apple you may find yourself happier. You may also find yourself happier if you are not a blue jackets fan.

      • Boomdizzle

        Shots fired. Zero chance I’m switching to iOS, not having a back button, app drawer or pulldown menu is a deal breaker. This is also the best season in jackets history so far, I can’t ask for much else.

        Someone piss in your Cheerios this morning?

    • Ivo Shandor

      I went through the same thing with 5/3. Was actually going to switch banks, but out of nowhere they decided to support it.

  • Genkidama

    Does anyone know if the android wear watch has to be synced to a phone when doing Android Pay? Or will the watch be stand alone with android pay apk? It would be nice to not have to worry about Unlocked bootloader and hiding root using Magisk on my phone.

    • Godzilla

      I suspect there is no way in hell that Google will allow a watch that is synced to an unlocked phone to use Android Pay

      • Genkidama

        So to use the Android Pay service on a watch, you need a phone? Am I assuming that correct from your statement?

        • Brandon Sobotta

          We don’t know yet.

  • Ryan N

    I’m optimistic for the LG Sport. NFC, wireless charging and LTE. Let’s do it.

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