Mobile payments are increasingly popular these days. Last year, Samsung announced that it is going to enter the fray with Samsung Pay.
Currently, Samsung’s mobile payment system is limited to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and Edge Plus and the Note 5.
Last year, it announced that its flagship smartwatch Gear S2 would support the contactless payments. After almost a year of waiting, that day finally arrived. Droid-Life reported an update to its Samsung Gear app.
According to the report, the app just added access to Samsung Pay for the said smartwatch. That said, if you have a Gear S2 Bluetooth version, you can try this mobile payment system.
If you wish to activate the beta, you just need to choose the Beta option in the settings menu. But you can only do so after you have updated the watch’s firmware and the app to their latest versions. Make sure that you have set up a password so you can be up and running.
How about non-flagship phones?
Samsung Pay will soon be available to non-Samsung smartphones. There is no set date as to when it will be available, but the company confirmed that the update would come in a few months to non-Samsung devices.
What countries support Samsung Pay?
Samsung Pay is available in the US, Spain, China and South Korea. But the company said that it is going to expand to Canada and the UK this year.
It is also heading to Brazil, the host country of the 2016 Olympic Games. The country’s largest institutions will support the mobile payment system.
Samsung also announced that it has formally launched the mobile payment system in Australia on its Galaxy devices. However, its availability depends on the local operator. But Samsung assured users that they could use it at any sales terminal that could accept debit and credit cards.
What Samsung Pay can do?
Unlike other mobile payment systems, Samsung Pay has new forms of payment, from online payments to taking cash out at an automated teller machine to gift cards.
In May 2016, the company added a new feature that lets you put your membership and loyalty card accounts to the system. Adding your card is easy. You just need to scan the bar code on the physical card or enter the account number manually.
American ATMs are unable to work with Samsung Pay yet. However, in South Korea, you can use it at some ATMS to withdraw cash.
Reports are stating that rooted Samsung devices will disable this mobile payment system. This is not a surprise considering that a rooted device makes it less secure. If you try to use it on a rooted Samsung phone, you will receive a message stating that the system is locked because of unauthorized modification.
Is it more secure?
It is more secure than when you use a credit card because you will never provide your card details to the merchant. To authenticate your payment, the system utilizes a token generated by Samsung.
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