The moment many Android Wear users have been waiting for has come to pass, with Android Pay/ NFC payments are coming to the platform. Yes, that’s right: something we’ve been dreaming of and screaming for since the launch of Android Wear has finally been confirmed by Google. We’ve touched on this already, but it deserves a heading of its own.
The only watch on the market now that will support Android Pay, at this stage, is the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition with LTE, though it looks like it will extend to other Android Wear devices with capable hardware in due course. The better news? If you use Android Wear on iOS, it’ll work there too, though we’re told the workflow will be a little different. To be clear, Android Pay will work on Android Waer devices paired with an iOS device (read: an iPhone), not with an Apple Watch device.
This is, however, a real blow to any other Android Wear device currently on the market (especially seeing as it’s next to impossible to actually get an LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE in Australia), as of this moment I have officially removed that ZenWatch 3 from my birthday present list.
While it’s still a wonderful device, I use Android Pay multiple times a day, and having it integrated on my wrist would be beyond cool, and I’m all about that. We’ll have to see which NFC-capable smartwatches get Android Wear 2.0 when it’s finally released.