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LevelUp Releases Android Wear App for Payments
Wearable Tech World Feature Article
July 21, 2014
LevelUp Releases Android Wear App for Payments
By Jonathan Keane
Contributing Writer

The wearable tech revolution is upon us with all the major tech giants making plays with smartwatch devices, especially Google (News - Alert) with its Android Wear operating system, designed specifically for developing the wearables of the future.

Now we’re seeing the arrival of new apps for different uses on your wrists including LevelUp for mobile payments. It’s becoming increasingly easier to pay with your smartphone but now companies are trying to do so with your watch.

LevelUp explains that its app can be used to scan for payment at a LevelUp registered merchant once you have synched your app up with your preferred payment method.

“Over 1.5 million LevelUp users can now pay with their smartphones at over 14,000 locations. But, what we really always dreamed of was being the largest smartwatch payment network,” said Seth Priebatsch from LevelUp who describes himself as the company’s “Chief Ninja”.

“Unfortunately, the technology was never there. Today we get one step closer to realizing that dream,” he added on bringing mobile payments to the wearable sphere.

LevelUp has spoken with a number of users thus far for feedback on using the app to make payments.

“I was totally ready to adopt mobile payments, but then the thought of having to reach into my pocket to pull out my phone each time was just too much,” said one user.

“My local coffee place takes LevelUp, but the thought of exerting that much effort before my morning caffeine was exhausting, you know? But now, with LevelUp for Android (News - Alert) Wear, I can pay with my wrist, and that's really more the effort level I'm looking for.”

It seems like a stretch but seemingly there are some people actually feel encumbered by using their phones for payment and want something even easier.

Mobile payments have become an extremely populated field so it remains to be seen if LevelUp will stand out from the pack.

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Edited by Maurice Nagle

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