Samsung, just like Apple and Google, has its own mobile payment system known as Samsung Pay. Like Apple Pay, using the service requires that one must have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Well, this is no more as the company is looking to expand Samsung Pay to as many devices as possible. As a result, the company has decided to make some amazing improvements with how the service works and apparently, it is now possible to use the mobile payment service even if you are not using a Samsung Galaxy phone, but there is a catch.
According to the South Korean tech giant, those who have a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch will be able to enjoy the services of Samsung Pay using any phone that is running at least Android 4.4 KitKat. This is a great move by Samsung since there are lots of people out there who would prefer to own a Samsung Gear S3 as opposed to a blowing Samsung Galaxy Note 7, for instance.
Through Twitter, Samsung confirmed that the Gear S3 will allow non-Samsung devices to be used in making Samsung Pay transactions, but this doesn’t mean all Android devices will be eligible. As noted earlier, this only involves devices that are using Android 4.4 KitKat and above. What Samsung is basically doing is give Samsung Pay users the option to manage their accounts via a Samsung Gear app installed on any Android device.
When compared to Android Pay and Apple Pay, Samsung Pay was more of the latter as it had limited its services to its own devices. As for Google’s Android Pay, it can also be used on non-Google devices, including those from Samsung. With this move, Samsung Pay will indeed grow its user base while at the same time add more meaning to the Gear S3 smartwatch.
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