Samsung may bring its Samsung Pay mobile payments service to non-Samsung phones for the first time, according to a new report.
Gadget 360 claims the company is investigating bringing the service to other handsets, based on information from “a source familiar with the developments”.
Sammy is said to be holding internal talks, both within the company and with OEMs, about Samsung Pay’s expansion.
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The company’s mobile payments platform launched in the UK in May this year, with Samsung debuting PayPal support for US users earlier this month.
Sammy outdoes rival services from Apple and Google by allowing users to use the service with both NFC technology and magnetic secure transmission (MST) technology.
As it stands, only a handful of Samsung handsets support Samsung Pay, with some mid-range offerings in India only coming with a pared-down version of the feature called Samsung Pay Mini.
However, if the report is accurate, we could see the full service appearing on numerous new phones from other companies.
That said, outside companies will have to add a specialised chip in order to enable the use of MST technology and support Samsung Pay.
One way Samsung is trying to make this easier, according to the source, is by investigating the feasibility of an accessory, similar to LoopPay Card, that could attach to other phones.
What’s more, the source claims Samsung will be looking to introduce its plans, in whatever form they take, in mid-2018.
Samsung is yet to confirm any of this for now, so the usual due caution is advised here.
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