Google’s much-awaited smartwatch may finally release in May 2022.
As per GSM Arena, the information regarding the launch date came from industry insider Jon Prosser, who said that the watch will finally arrive on May 26. He claimed that this is the first time we see a date set in stone, although we’ve heard that one last year when reports pointed at a launch alongside the Pixel 6 duo. However, that didn’t happen and the Pixel Watch was delayed again.
As per the leaks and rumours, the Pixel Watch will be the company’s offering in the Premium Watch segment. The smartwatch may come in a slim form factor and a curved display that wraps around a metallic frame.
Nothing about the specifications of the watch is known currently but, in the renders, a few trackers including Maps integration, heart rate monitoring and step counter, were spotted on the home screen of the watch.
The smartwatch might come with Blue, Grey, and Orange straps with a Black circular dial.
There’s plenty of leaked information about the upcoming smartwatch floating around the internet, but you will have to wait for the official event to see what it would look like.
iPhones may soon accept contactless payments directly
Apple will soon introduce a feature that will let small businesses use iPhones to accept payments without the need for extra hardware.
According to The Verge, the feature has been anticipated since Apple bought contactless payment start-up Mobeewave in 2020, and the feature could be coming via a software update “in the coming months.” Mobeewave previously worked with Samsung on similar NFC functionality, trialling a system called Samsung POS in the start-up’s home country of Canada in 2019 before launching it worldwide. Samsung POS enabled Samsung phones to accept payments directly from contactless cards and NFC payment services like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay.
As per The Verge, it’s unclear if Mobeewave’s technology will be branded as part of the Apple Pay service, nor whether Apple will use its own payment network or launch with an existing partner. Mobeewave’s staff has reportedly been working in Apple’s payment division since the acquisition.
Apple is expected to release the first iOS 15.4 beta sometime soon, which may be when we get our first look at the contactless payment feature.