Contactless payments set to feature on Android Wear

As more and more charities look to ways of accepting contactless payment, Google looks set to bring the payment tech to its Android Wear platform.

According to media reports, the next version of Android Wear, which powers devices such as the Moto 360, LG Watch Urbane and Sony SmartWatch 3, will reportedly allow users to carry out contactless payments using their device.

Users will simply need to hold up their watch to the payment terminal to complete the transaction, meaning there’s no need to get a card or cash ready.

The update was first spotted in the upcoming Google Play Services version 10.0 by Android Police. The site found the new version of Android Wear contained messages including “Try holding your watch to the terminal again,” suggesting that Google is close to being able to test payments soon.

Google recently delayed the launch of Android Wear 2.0 to some time in 2017, despite it originally being expected to premiere later this year.

The Apple Watch has been able to carry out contactless payments since launch, thanks to the company making it compatible with its Apple Pay platform.

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  • Tom DeFraine

    Cheeky typo in the title Mr Clark