I created small proof of concept app that streamlines launching/enabling of Android Pay so even with it disabled, it will only take up to 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" (not needed since version 5, requires Accessibility service)
- Tap "Open" (not needed since version 4)
Note 2: When connected to iOS, Play Store requires standalone connectivity (WiFi or cellular data) for enabling as it doesn't use caches (unlike when paired with Android).
Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ear.payenabler
They added few more countries but there is still dozen more countries affected.
To use Google Pay on your watch, you need to: Be in the US, UK, Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada, Poland, Russia, or Germany.
Uploaded Pay Enabler version 5 here to XDA (not on Play Store, yet). It uses Accessibility service to automate enabling of Google Pay, no more tapping "Enable". (Source is also available on Github.)
- Requires manual enabling in "Settings -> Accessibility -> Pay Enabler".
Works only with English - texts "Google Pay" and "Enable". Post texts in your languages and I will include them(That shouldn't be necessary as of version 5d which supports two dozens of languages - at least for the "Enable" button).
- Accessibility service is registered only for Play Store so it shouldn't cause basically any battery drain (as it doesn't poll anything)
Version 5 submitted to the Play Store.
Version 6 fixes detection of the enable button in some non English languages (cs, fi, hi, ko, th).