Samsung is continuing to consolidate its Pass, Pay, and Wallet apps. The company recently folded the Samsung Pass app into Samsung Pay in South Korea, and is now taking that one step further with the introduction of a revamped Samsung Wallet in other markets. The new Samsung Wallet will combine all of the utilities of Samsung Pass and Samsung Pay, and expand on them with new features in the coming months.
At the moment, the new Samsung Wallet is only available in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, and even then only to those with a Galaxy smartphone running Android 9 or better. It’s not yet clear when the service will expand to other markets, or if Samsung is planning to do a similar app restructuring in South Korea.
In terms of functionality, the enhanced Samsung Wallet will have all of the password management features of Samsung Pass, as well as all of the payment capabilities of Samsung Pay. The Wallet is also fully integrated with the Samsung Blockchain Wallet app, which means that consumers can use the regular wallet to monitor the assets in their crypto portfolio.
Beyond that, consumers will be able to use the Wallet to store a number of different digital keys and documents. With regards to keys, the Wallet has been integrated with SmartThings, which is compatible with products from nine different security companies. As a result, people who have a digital house key from one of those companies can now store that house key with the Samsung app.
The app is similarly compatible with digital car keys for select vehicles. Samsung previously offered digital key support for the Genesis GV60 through Samsung Pass. Samsung Wallet will extend that service to the Genesis G90, the Hyundai Palisade, and a handful of BMW models that hit roads after July of 2020.
On the document front, the Samsung Wallet can be used to store COVID-19 proof of vaccination, and boarding passes for flights on supported airlines. The company is planning to add support for digital driver’s licenses, student IDs, and other official documents before the end of the year.
Those who want to start using the new Samsung Wallet can find the app in the Galaxy Store, or migrate through Samsung Pass or Pay. However, some features may not be supported on all smartphone models. For example, users must have a phone with UWB connectivity to enjoy the benefits of a digital car key.