Android Pay Coming to iOS Devices
Google will be launching a new line of wearables called “Android Wear 2.0” in the first quarter of 2017. They will be compatible with both Android and Apple devices, which means iPhone and iPad users will soon have access to Android Pay.
There are going to be slight differences between the iOS and Android versions, but Google’s mobile wallet will work on both models. Google will also be adding features like Google Assistant to the new wearables. Google will also provide an update for existing Android Wear devices so they can get the features as well.
Not all existing Android Wear devices will be able to benefit from Android Pay or Google Assistant because they require certain hardware this is not found in all models, mainly near field communication (NFC) technology.
Will Android Wear 2.0 cause a decline in Apple Watch purchases? Most likely not. Apple Pay still controls a majority of the mobile wallet market, making Apple Watches the preferred option for die-hard iOS users.
Samsung has been working on a new version of its mobile wallet, dubbed Samsung Pay Mini, to be compatible with non-Samsung devices. Apple has already rejected the registration of Samsung Pay Mini for iOS phones and tablets, so Samsung is focusing on its developments across the Android platform.