Samsung Pay Sees Market, Device, and Modality Expansion

“Samsung has also expanded the compatibility of its Gear S3 smartwatch with Samsung Pay, enabling smartwatch-based payments in Sweden and the UAE, as well as Russia.”

Samsung’s biometrically secured digital wallet has now entered two new markets — Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Samsung Pay Sees Market, Device, and Modality ExpansionThe countries now have Samsung Pay through what Samsung calls an ‘early access’ program, which offers full functionality of the platform albeit with relatively limited merchant and bank support. And as Hong Kong and Switzerland get started with the service, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates have now officially graduated from their own early access programs to full Samsung Pay support, the company says.

Meanwhile, users have a new and secure way to confirm their Samsung Pay payments: They can use the iris scanning functionality of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, to authorize payments just as they previously had been able to use fingerprint-based authentication devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Samsung has also expanded the compatibility of its Gear S3 smartwatch with Samsung Pay, enabling smartwatch-based payments in Sweden and the UAE, as well as Russia. That complements smartwatch functionality already in place in the US, Australia, and Singapore.

All told, it’s a considerable expansion of Samsung’s digital payments platform.