According to TechRadar, the Android Wear 2.0 watch is set to be revealed to the market in the next few days, and its tech upgrades will include Android Pay, meaning that owners will be able to make transactions without physically holding either a card, cash, or smartphone.
A leak from the Google Play Store appears to indicate that consumers will be able to pay for goods using wrist technology that will be tapped against a terminal to pay. The leak also shows a simplified screen which will confirm if a payment has been accepted, and also detail previous transactions without the need to check this on the smartphone.
The LG Watch Sport is also rumoured to have Android Pay compatibility.
News of Google’s latest payments innovation comes hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that its Hands Free project, allowing consumers to make transactions using voice recognition technology, had been scrapped due to the difficulties of scaling.
As part of the announcement the company declared that: “We’re now working to bring the best of the Hands Free technology to even more people and stores”. With Android Play already available in 24% of merchants in the U.S. according to a recent report, and this figure expected to double by 2020, pushing the Android Wear 2.0 as that method of hands free payments at scale makes sense.
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