Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay Coming To Malaysia, Russia, and Thailand in 2016

Samsung Pay Coming To Malaysia, Russia, and Thailand in 2016

Samsung is extending the reach of its mobile payment service online and in real life. Looking to the latter, the company says it will launch Samsung Pay in Malaysia, Russia, and Thailand by the end of the year. Apple Pay launched in Russia earlier this month, but Samsung Pay could leapfrog ahead by debuting in Malaysia…

How Do Apple Pay and Samsung Pay Compare in Russia?

How Do Apple Pay and Samsung Pay Compare in Russia?

“Between the two, Samsung Pay has a bit of an edge.” The two most prominent mobile payment platforms are now available in Russia. Samsung Pay launched in the country at the start of the month, and Apple Pay made its debut early this week. Between the two, Samsung Pay has a bit of an edge. Like Apple…

Samsung Pay Receives Iris Scanning Upgrade

Samsung Pay Receives Iris Scanning Upgrade

“Consumers need only to look at their phone to confirm transactions, which could make mPayments an even easier way to pay.” With a new software update, iris-based transaction verification has arrived to the Samsung Pay mobile payment platform. It comes by way of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 smartphone. While it isn’t the first mobile device to…

INTERVIEW: Princeton Identity CEO Mark Clifton

INTERVIEW: Princeton Identity CEO Mark Clifton

Princeton Identity is a biometrics company that has recently spun off as independent from SRI International. In its first weeks of existence, the company has made major headlines, most recently confirming that it is in fact the provider of the iris biometrics technology featured on Samsung’s new Galaxy Note7 handset. FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently had…

Samsung’s Iris Scanning Smartphone Marks Over 200,000 Preorders

Samsung’s Iris Scanning Smartphone Marks Over 200,000 Preorders

Excitement is building for Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 device in its home country of South Korea. Officially unveiled at launch events around the world last Tuesday, the device has already garnered over 200,000 preorders. As The Korea Herald reports, that’s double the preorders that came in for Galaxy S7 smartphones launched earlier this year. That could…

Samsung Pay Will Launch in Brazil Next Week

Samsung Pay Will Launch in Brazil Next Week

“With Samsung Pay having launched in Australia, Singapore, and Spain in just the last couple of months, the mPayment service seems to be enjoying some momentum in its international expansion efforts.” Samsung Pay will launch in Brazil next week, Samsung has announced. The mPayment platform will go live in the country on July 19th. Brazil…

Samsung Pay Officially Launches in Spain

Samsung Pay Officially Launches in Spain

Samsung Pay has finally beaten Apple Pay to a major market, with the service having now launched in Spain. It’s the first European market to support the mPayment platform, and represents a considerable business opportunity. As Samsung Spain VP Celestino García explained in a statement announcing the launch, Spain features a “high smartphone penetration rate” and…

Citibank Supports Samsung Pay Ahead of Singapore Launch

Citibank Supports Samsung Pay Ahead of Singapore Launch

“Almost immediately after Apple Pay was launched in [Singapore], Samsung announced that its own mPayment platform would arrive within the second quarter.” Samsung Pay has garnered the support of another major bank in Singapore ahead of its launch in the country. Citibank Singapore cardholders will be able to use the mobile payment platform when it…

Samsung Pay Promo Rewards Sprint Users With Gift Cards

Samsung Pay Promo Rewards Sprint Users With Gift Cards

Samsung is continuing its promotional push of Samsung Pay in the US with a new partnership with telecom Sprint. Customers who purchase a Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge with Sprint will be eligible for up to $100 in gift cards. The amount that users receive will depend on how much…

How Long Until We See Samsung Pay in Australia?

How Long Until We See Samsung Pay in Australia?

Samsung Pay will soon launch in Australia. The news comes by way of American Express Australia and New Zealand’s digital commerce head Rob Bourne, who touched on Samsung Pay while speaking at an IT event in Sydney. “I can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to go live,” he said, “but it’s appearing very soon.”…

Samsung Pay To Launch in Singapore

Samsung Pay To Launch in Singapore

Samsung has announced that its mPayment platform, Samsung Pay, will launch in Singapore this quarter. The announcement came only one day after Apple Pay launched in the country, with Samsung declining to offer a specific launch date. To a considerable extent, the announcement marks yet another instance of Samsung playing catch-up with its rival Apple. While…

TD Bank, Regions Bank Support Samsung Pay in US

TD Bank, Regions Bank Support Samsung Pay in US

TD Bank and Regions Bank have agreed to support Samsung Pay in the US. Announcing the coming support in a statement, Samsung asserted, “With the addition of these banks, Samsung Pay continues to grow momentum in the United States—supporting eligible credit and debit cards from more than 130 banks and credit unions” in the country. The…

Samsung Pay To Support In-App Purchases

Samsung Pay To Support In-App Purchases

Samsung Pay is planning to implement in-app purchases to help fuel its growth. The news came by way of Samsung Pay Europe head Nathalie Oestmann, who spoke about the potential move to CNBC during last week’s Money20/20 Europe conference. In embracing such a concept, Samsung would be playing catch-up against its competitors, with such functionality already…

ProPay Has Announced Samsung Pay Support

ProPay Has Announced Samsung Pay Support

US-based ProPay has announced Samsung Pay support. The company offers payment solutions to a wide range of organizations, from home-based small businesses to major corporations. Now, with its newly announced support, those clients who are using its ProPay JAK card reader and compatible Android or iOS app will be able to start processing Samsung Pay…

Money20/20 Europe: Biometrics Are a Pillar of Samsung Pay

Money20/20 Europe: Biometrics Are a Pillar of Samsung Pay

Today at Money20/20 Europe mobile wallets were the talk of Copenhagen and Samsung was one of the prime movers in this trend. Elle Kim, Vice President, Samsung Pay, took the stage to give the audience an update on Samsung’s major mPayments platform. Here’s a rundown of what we learned: Samsung Sees Biometrics as a Pillar…

What to Expect at Money20/20 Europe

What to Expect at Money20/20 Europe

This year’s Money20/20 Europe conference is shaping up to be an exciting one. While many important trends and issues will be covered, much of the event will revolve around disruption – of traditional markets, of business models, and of standard methods. That isn’t a bad thing. It’s a reflection of the dramatic technological changes that are…

Samsung Pay Has Launched in China

Samsung Pay Has Launched in China

Samsung Pay has at last launched in China. The mobile payment service was launched this week in cooperation with China UnionPay, the country’s sole domestic bank card company. At its launch, Samsung Pay supports payment cards from numerous banks, including China CITIC Bank, China Everbright Bank, China Merchants Bank, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of…

Wells Fargo Bank Now Supports Samsung Pay

Wells Fargo Bank Now Supports Samsung Pay

Wells Fargo Bank has announced its support for Samsung Pay. In a statement, Wells Fargo Virtual Channels head Jim Smith framed the support as part of a broader commitment on the bank’s part to offer a range of payment options. “We want to satisfy our customers’ financial needs when, where and how they want,” he said,…

How Far Off is the Samsung Pay UK Launch?

How Far Off is the Samsung Pay UK Launch?

Samsung Pay could launch in the UK alongside the company’s new flagship smartphones. At a recent Samsung event, Head of Samsung Pay Nathalie Oestmann told the audience that the mPayment platform would hit the European market in early 2016; and given that this assertion came almost immediately after Samsung Marketing VP Rory O’Neill made comments…

CaixaBank Ushers Samsung Pay into Spain

CaixaBank Ushers Samsung Pay into Spain

Samsung Pay has found its first financial services supporter in Spain. CaixaBank and its ImaginBank subsidiary will enable their customers to start using Samsung’s mPayment platform. While some banks have offered support to rival Apple Pay only to drag their feet in actually enabling the service, CaixaBank’s support for Samsung Pay has taken effect immediately. In…

Samsung Pay Heading To Lower-End Devices

Samsung Pay Heading To Lower-End Devices

Samsung Pay is planning to enable online payments this year, and will also bring the mPayment service to more lower-end Samsung devices. The moves appear to be aimed at expanding the breadth of the service’s reach. And that’s already considerable: Samsung Pay’s MST technology allows the mPayment platform to work with traditional swipe-based card readers…

Samsung Pay Officially Coming to China via UnionPay

Samsung Pay Officially Coming to China via UnionPay

“Around the same time that [Samsung’s] agreement with China UnionPay was announced, the bank announced a similar deal with Apple for the Apple Pay mPayment platform.” Samsung and China UnionPay have officially announced their cooperation on bringing the former’s mPayment platform to China next year. The companies say that, pending approval by regulation authorities in the…

19 Additional US Card Issuers Support Samsung Pay

19 Additional US Card Issuers Support Samsung Pay

Samsung has added the support of 19 additional payment card issuers in the US for its mPayment service. Among the new Samsung Pay supporters are PNC Bank, KeyBank, and the Navy Federal Credit Union. In a statement announcing the new support, Samsung Pay head Injong Rhee asserted that it would help more consumers to use…

Samsung Pay Scores Gift Card Support

Samsung Pay Scores Gift Card Support

Samsung Pay users can now upload gift cards from 50 different retailers to their mPayment accounts, fulfilling a promise Samsung made earlier this fall. The retailers supported include such big names as Nike, GameStop, Toys “R” Us, eBay, and Domino’s. Samsung says more are on the way. It’s a feature aimed at enhancing user convenience; in…

New Mid-Range Galaxy Phones To Feature Fingerprints

New Mid-Range Galaxy Phones To Feature Fingerprints

Samsung has unveiled new versions of its mid-range flagship devices, the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. And in so doing, the company may be hinting at a December launch date for Samsung Pay in China. First, the devices: All of the new Galaxy A devices will run on Android 5.1, and the A5 and A7…

Financial Biometrics Month: The Roundup

November is coming to a close and with it we bring Financial Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics to its conclusion. The theme of the month was pervasive, extending from the pages of our featured articles section and flooding into our conference coverage and industry news. There is a lot to look back on in biometric finance this…

Samsung Pay and Best Buy Enable Holiday Spirit

Samsung Pay and Best Buy Enable Holiday Spirit

The official Samsung promotions website is offering up $50 Best Buy gift cards to users who activate Samsung Pay on their smartphones between November 20 and December 31. News users that enable the mobile wallet on their Samsung phones simply need to add the feature to their devices and then visit the offer website, where…

Samsung Pay Scores Eight More Payment Card Issuers

Samsung Pay Scores Eight More Payment Card Issuers

Samsung Pay now has the support of eight more payment card issuers, Samsung has announced. Its newest MasterCard issuers include Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Citizens Equity First Credit Union, State Employees’ Credit Union, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Virginia Credit Union, and SunTrust. It also has a new Visa backer in Navy Federal Credit Union. But it’s perhaps the support of Chase—whose…

News Roundup: A Week Of Major Innovation

News Roundup: A Week Of Major Innovation

Last week at FindBiometrics, Financial Biometrics Month continued in the featured articles section while major news about the FIDO Alliance, Apple Pay and upgraded products made up the top stories. Here is a look back on the week that was: Financial Biometrics Month As Financial Biometrics Month continued through week three of November, we took…

Report: More mPayments for the Holidays

Report: More mPayments for the Holidays

This holiday season will see significantly more mPayment purchases, according to a new report from INSIDE Secure Research. The digital security solutions firm has conducted a survey of 1,217 American consumers, and found that of those respondents who had not made mobile purchases last year, 17 percent said they were planning to do so for their…

China to See Samsung Pay Launch in Early 2016

China to See Samsung Pay Launch in Early 2016

Samsung is preparing to launch its mPayment service in China, according to new reports. While no official announcement has been made, word is spreading that Samsung Pay is expected to see its China debut in Q1 of 2016. It isn’t yet clear how that is going to work, given that China’s domestic market features tough…

Biometric Transactions to Reach Five Billion by 2019: Report

Biometric Transactions to Reach Five Billion by 2019: Report

The rise of mPayment platforms is going to dramatically increase the number of transactions based on biometric authentication over the next few years. According to a new report from Juniper Research, transactions authenticated via biometrics will rise from a little less than 130 million this year to five billion by 2019. While only Apple Pay…

Samsung Pay Now Available on Verizon

Samsung Pay Now Available on Verizon

Samsung has made it official: Its mPayment platform, Samsung Pay, is now available on Verizon. Signs had already been appearing in the form of software updates for some Verizon customers over the last few days, but a lack of any official confirmation left consumers and analysts to speculate. The major US telecom had been a…

Samsung Pay Safe Despite LoopPay Hack

Samsung Pay Safe Despite LoopPay Hack

Samsung is insisting that its LoopPay technology is safe and secure in the wake of revelations that its namesake developer faced an IT breach from a China-based hacker group. LoopPay’s technology provides the basis for the Samsung Pay mPayment system. This past spring, Massachusetts-based LoopPay’s corporate network was hacked by the Codoso Group (also known…