Mobile payments have come a long way since Apple made a huge push into the space with Apple Pay in 2014. Google introduced Android Pay last year, and Samsung has joined the fray with its own mobile payment system called Samsung Pay. Here’s what you need to know about Samsung Pay.
Which devices support Samsung Pay?
Samsung Pay is limited to the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus, Note 5, and Gear S2. It also now works with Samsung’s new smartwatch, the Gear S3 — and you don’t need to connect a Samsung phone for it to work.
Going forward, all of Samsung’s devices will support Samsung Pay. That’s according to Koh Dong-jin, president of the company’s mobile business division. “We have decided to pre-install Samsung Pay devices in Samsung Electronics’ smartphones to be released from ,” he told Business Korea.
Gear S3 owners with an Android phone can use Samsung Pay
A recent update to the Gear manager app allows for Gear S3 users to use Samsung Pay, even if they don’t own a Samsung smartphone. Most Android devices running 4.4 KitKat and above should work, but Samsung says there are a few exceptions at the moment — notably, the Google Pixel.
To get started on paying with your Gear S3, you’ll need to add your cards via the Gear manager app. You can launch Samsung Pay by holding down on the back button.
— Samsung Pay (@SamsungPay) November 25, 2016
What’s unique about the update is that unlike the Gear S2, the Gear S3 supports MST, not just NFC. That means it will work at most payment terminals — just hold your watch near the checkout terminal when you’re ready to pay.
Support for the Gear S2
Samsung announced late last year that the company’s flagship smartwatch, the Gear S2, would gain support for contactless payments. After a lengthy delay, it finally arrived in the beta program for the S2 during the summer for the Bluetooth-only model. In October, users with the cellular model of the Gear S2 reported that they are able to use Samsung Pay as well.
Support for non-Samsung devices
Samsung is preparing to launch a slimmed-down version of Samsung Pay for third-party devices. It’s called Samsung Pay Mini, and it’ll reportedly launch in January 2017.
According to ET News, Samsung Pay Mini allows users to link supported payment methods to a Samung Pay account. Just like Samsung Pay on Samsung devices, they’ll be able to pay for goods and services without having to provide a credit card number, billing address, and other personal information. But the app won’t support magnetic secure transactions (MST), the hardware that allows Samsung devices to complete wireless payments at legacy payment terminals.
One device on which it won’t be launching is the iPhone. Samsung told ET News that Apple had rejected the Samsung Pay Mini app for iOS devices. “After Apple rejected registration of Samsung Pay Mini onto its app store, we have decided to focus on smartphones with Android OS,” a Samsung representative told the publication.