While many people who bought an original Huawei Watch are still counting the days until delivery of the Android Wear 2.0 upgrade, the long wait isn’t the only thing that’s bumming them out. One of the new OS’s best features, Android Pay, remains just out of reach since the watch doesn’t have built-in support for NFC. Or so we thought.
A report from Ausdroid indicates that the original Huawei Watch, one of the bright spots in the first crop of wearables, secretly included an NFC chip inside, it’s just disabled. And the company is exploring ways to enable the chip for Android Wear 2.0. According to a statement from Huawei provided to the Australian-based site, Android Pay functionality on the original watch is currently being testing by Google’s engineers and might take some time to arrive, possible not until the third quarter of 2017.