Google launches Wallet and Pay on Wear OS to more countries
Last year, Google expanded its Pay service to more countries alongside the launch of Google Wallet. However, the compatibility of the service was largely limited to the Android phone app version, with wearables receiving little support. Google has now announced that several countries will be able to use Google Pay with Wear OS, allowing for contactless payments via smartwatch.
In 2022, Google rebranded its wallet app as Google Wallet, while still maintaining the payment method as Google Pay. The digital wallet was also improved to include digital passes, tickets, boarding passes, virtual keys, and IDs, in addition to bank cards.
Tap-to-pay functionality on smartwatches is available on those running the Wear OS 2 or Wear OS 3 operating system, as well as non-Android watches like the Fitbit Sense 2 and Versa 4. However, it is important to note that adding a supported debit or credit card requires an Android phone or iPhone (Wear OS 2).
Initially, Google Wallet and Pay with Wear OS were only available in major countries such as the USA, UK, and certain European countries. Thirteen more countries were added at the end of 2022, and this week Google expanded the service to three additional regions, bringing the total number of countries supported by Google’s payment solutions to 60.