Just days after rolling out a minor software update that brought the Samsung Pay app to the Galaxy Note 5, the Korean tech giant is doing the same for the midrange Samsung Galaxy A7 2016.
Samsung has been busy with getting its devices ready for the upcoming Samsung Pay launch in India. We saw the feature being teased via the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat updates as the company gets ready to unveil this mobile payments service in the country. In addition, last week saw Samsung Galaxy Note 5 receive a minor update that added the Samsung Pay app to the 2015 phablet. It is now the turn of the Galaxy A7 2016 to receive the same treat.
Samsung is rolling out a small update to the Galaxy A7 2016 in India. This update weighs a mere 1.02MB and comes with software version A710FXXU2BPJ7. As you can expect from such a small update, there is nothing really much that it comes with. There are no performance improvements or the latest Android Security Patch for the month of January, but there is something to smile about.
Once the update is installed on your Samsung Galaxy A7 2016, you should notice a new Samsung Pay app included in your app drawer. At the moment, you won’t be able to use it in any way since the tech giant hasn’t made the service official in the country. But given that it is expected to debut before the end of this Q1 2017, it is possible that compatible devices will keep getting support for the service via a similar software update.
Apparently, Samsung will be working with American Express when it launches the mobile payment service in India. But with time, other partners should be able to join the party, including VISA and MasterCard.
In order to use Samsung Pay, one’s device must be fitted with an NFC chip. As a result, Samsung had reserved this feature for the high-end devices. But now that midrange devices are also coming in with NFC chips, the service is slowly spreading to this market as well. In addition, Samsung has recently confirmed that all Android users will soon be able to use this mobile payment system thanks to the upcoming Samsung Pay Mini app.