A new update to the Wear OS by Google app is rolling out in the Play Store today, bringing a handful of improvements to the app and subsequently your Wear OS watch. The update is version 18.104.22.168078731 for those keeping score at home and it should be available to all Wear users at this point.
The headliner in the update is improvement Google Pay performance. If you have an NFC watch, you’ve been able to use it to pay for things using Google Pay. The problem that most users have run into is that it takes too long to open, in some cases up to 15 seconds. That largely defeats the point as it is faster to get a credit card from your wallet or simply tap your phone to pay. This update should fix that.