More functionality will be added to Google Wallet for Wear OS as an update disables several button shortcuts.

The new Google Wallet app’s first focus is merely tap-to-pay for Wear OS, but later this year, more capabilities will be added. The double-tap button shortcut is having problems on some watches as a result of the update.

Updated branding for Wear OS was the main focus of Google Wallet’s widespread release yesterday, which replaced the outdated Pay app. The wearable application is still designed for speedy credit and debit card purchases.

Google, however, plans to expand regional availability in addition to releasing broader plans for Wallet on Wear OS in 2022:

Starting later this year, we will expand Google Wallet support to other nations while also enhancing its functionality and capabilities.

This could easily include transport passes, loyalty cards, event tickets, and vaccination information, according to the phone app. Additionally, it would be logical for Google Wallet for Wear OS to support digital house keys, driver’s licenses, student IDs, car keys (NFC ones seem obvious, but ultra-wide band would be nifty on a watch), and car keys in the future. On the Apple Watch, those things are already feasible.

Google Wallet Wear OS
Google Wallet Wear OS
Google Wallet Wear OS

The ability to access payments on some watches by double-clicking a hardware button is currently broken by this upgrade. You may already initiate Google Pay by pressing a designated button twice on the Fossil Gen 5 (removed with Gen 6), as well as the TicWatch Pro 3.

Since it is a default behavior, this shortcut no longer launches anything following the Google Wallet update and cannot be manually changed by end users. Hopefully, this problem can be fixed without a complete system update.

Of course, you may change the button that launches Wallet, but doing so might remove a current shortcut. Adding Google Wallet as a watch face complication is an alternative.

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