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Nationwide launches Android Wear app to let customers check their balance on a smartwatch

Nationwide has launched the first app for an Android Wear smartwatch which allows folks to check their balance in real-time from their wrist-wear.

Of course, you'll need an Android Wear watch to do so, paired with an Android smartphone running Android 4.3 or better and the Nationwide mobile banking app.

The app is available now, and is dead easy to setup, and once you've done so, all it takes is a quick utterance of "OK Google, start quick balance", and your watch will display the current balance on your account.

That's pretty much the extent of the functionality on the smartwatch, so it's not particularly exciting, but compulsive balance checkers may get some mileage from it (or indeed those who like to show off their smartwatch and the funky things it can do). You can do much more on the phone banking app, of course, including making payments and managing your overdraft facility.

Related: Nationwide launches secure online wallet with Visa (opens in new tab)

Tony Prestedge, Chief Operating Officer at Nationwide, commented: "Providing customers with a variety of ways to manage their money, whenever and how ever they want is a priority for us. Giving those members who want and have the technology the ability to check their balance on their watch provides them with even more choice as to how they interact with us whether it is online, through an app, face-to-face or over the phone."

You can expect other banks to follow suit soon enough, particularly if smartwatch sales pick up next year as analysts (and Apple) are definitely banking on.

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.