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The original Huawei Watch doesn't have NFC and isn't getting Android Pay

I loved the Huawei Watch. It was sleek, it was sexy, it had a battery that went for days... but it doesn't have NFC. We can't change that, much as we wanted to after we saw the headscratchers that were the Huawei Watch 2 and the Huawei Watch 2 Classic.

Although a Huawei representative confirmed to Ausdroid that the watch does have a latent NFC chip inside — it just needed to be turned on — we can confirm that, after reaching out to the company, the Huawei Watch doesn't have NFC, and won't be getting Android Pay when it receives Android Wear 2.0.

If you are looking for a nice-looking Android Wear watch with NFC and battery life for days, you can check out the LG Watch Sport, or wait for the inevitable influx of other smartwatches coming in the next few months with a similar look and feature set.

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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

  • BUT BUT BUT....
  • It's almost like she addresses that very article, by name, in the article she wrote. Almost.
  • Didn't crush my dreams Ara... Sounded to good to be true and I turned to my trusted source for Android news... Thanks for the investigation
  • Ausdroid only reported on what Huawei told them. It's really Huawei that's giving false hope and crushing their own customers dreams. As intelligent a move from a company as your comment.
  • Strange. On this store listing it says it has NFC.
  • Out here in the wilderness of Canada we still do not have Android Pay, Google Voice, or running water apparently so I guess I'm ok with my Huawei Watch not having NFC.
  • 🇨🇦
  • Or YouTube Red... :-(
  • Thanks for looking into that. Sent that tip in last night.... Really hoping it was true 😭
  • Bummer.
  • Not a biggie for me the bigger disappoint was the Huawei watch 2 it's almost like they went backwards. I don't use Android pay anyway so it's really no biggie and I'm in no rush to get a replacement yet. My original Huawei​ watch works great and battery life is great plus the hardware has held up pretty good especially for my line of work. I get more compliments with this watch than some of my more expensive mechanical watches.
  • Does anyone really care? Anything other then MST for mobile payments is useless... Glad to see someone (LG) other the Samsung use MST. Wish it would just become standard on all Android phones going forward. It's the only way mobile payments are going to become standard in the foreseeable future...
  • Amen.
  • I'll settle for the 2.0 update NOW please.
  • Agree!
    I dont really care one way or the other on NFC/Android Pay... i have my phone with me if I want to use that.
    I'm more troubled/annoyed that they were claiming the watch would be 'one of the first to get the update', then it was delayed, and now it appears its going to be one of the LAST to get it, with less popular/lower selling ones already getting it...
    Come on already, get the update that you said was coming, out to the loyal customers!
  • It probably does have it, but they won't enable it to get people to buy the new watch instead. If they enabled the feature on the old watch, there's really no reason to purchase the new one.
  • So is this kind of like the Nexus 4, which had a LTE chip but wasn't certified to use it by the FTC, so it could never be used? Because if that's the case then someone on XDA needs to find a way to enable it.