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PayPal releases first Android Wear app

27 June 2014  |  10422 views  |  0 PayPal logo

PayPal has released an app for the new Android Wear line of smartwatches.

The new app, which is initially only available to PayPal's beta community, follows the recent release of the Android Wear OS and SDK by Google at its I/O developer conference. The Google APIs are constructed to help developers build new applications and user interfaces specifically designed for reading on tiny device screens.

Introducing the PayPal wearable app, senior software engineer Richard Mercille, says that with the new SDK from Google "we can design once and quickly tailor to support new wearable devices as they come to market. With Android Wear, we're able to add just a few lines of code to leverage stacks, pages and simple notification replies. From there, with the full SDK, we can create totally unique Android Wear experiences."

Following testing by the PayPal beta community, Mercille says the new app will be released "in the coming weeks", and available on the latest Android Wear devices - including the recently announced Motorola Moto360 and LG's G Watch.

"Once available, the PayPal app will allow Android Wear device owners, to check-in to pay at local stores, redeem offers, and receive payment notifications while on the go, and in some cases with just the command of your voice," he says.

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