Samsung Pay could head to rival Android devices

Joanna Estrada
July 28, 2017

We've already heard that Samsung plans on bringing Pay Mini to Android devices made by its competitors, as well as iOS, and today a new report says the company wants its payments service to be ubiquitous.

You don't have to know a lot about mobile technology to correctly assume Apple Pay only supports the Cupertino-based company's own hardware, Samsung Pay exclusively works with select Galaxy phones and Gear smartwatches, while Android Pay embraces Android devices from any and all OEMs. But apart from that several months ago, the company has announced a miniature version of the Samsung Pay named Samsung Pay Mini which was actually integrated with some mid-range smartphones launched in India. It means that we may soon see Samsung Pay arriving on flagship phones from LG, HTC, Google, and more.

Sammy is said to be holding internal talks, both within the company and with OEMs, about Samsung Pay's expansion. Samsung integrates its smartphones with specific components needed for MST transmission so that it can work on payment terminal with card readers and no NFC.

To enable support for full-fledged Samsung Pay on rival's smartphones, those companies need to add a specialised chip that enables MST technology on their handsets. That's not an easy task, so Samsung is talking with a variety of different manufacturers from various markets hoping to get a foot in the door.

According to sources, Samsung will be shipping mid-tier phones later this year that contain special hardware that make them suitable for use with the full Samsung Pay application.

Samsung, however, is more aggressively bringing its Pay to other markets, and experimenting with the service to make it more appealing to customers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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