I didn't test it myself (yet, I'm still on Nougat) but based on user reports, Android Pay is only getting disabled (by Google Play services?). It is reported that payments are still working if it's manually enabled.
Based on this, I created small proof of concept app that streamlines launching/enabling of Android Pay so even with it disabled, it will only take two additional taps to pay with Android Pay:
- Launch "Pay Enabler" (instead of Android Pay). If Android Pay is already enabled, Pay Enabler will just launch it directly.
- Tap "Enable"
- Tap "Open" (not needed since version 4)
It was reported to me that Android Pay doesn't show up in Settings (list of installed apps) so since version 2 it uses Play Store for manual enabling. (I will try if I can open the app manually from background once enabled to save the second click to "Open").
Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ear.payenabler
They added 3 more countries but there are still 14 more countries affected.
To use Google Pay on your watch, you need to: Be in the US, UK, Spain, Australia, or Canada.