After launching in 2015 with support for four phones, Samsung Pay has steadily expanded to several other Samsung devices. Now the company may be working to expand Samsung Pay support even farther.
Samsung is in talks with other device makers about bringing Samsung Pay to non-Samsung high-end devices, according to a report from Gadgets 360. Samsung is reportedly aiming to offer Samsung Pay support for these non-Samsung devices by mid-2018.
As for how it’ll happen, Samsung is said to be considering two options. Samsung Pay relies on MST chips in order to offer contactless payments with non-NFC terminals, and so Samsung is said to be talking with other smartphone makers about adding MST tech to their devices.
Another option that Samsung is thinking about is an external accessory like the LoopPay Card Case. This would enable Samsung Pay on supported devices without requiring the phones’ manufacturers to add MST tech into their phones.
Samsung presumably wants Samsung Pay to continue to grow and be adopted by more consumers, and so even though Samsung is a huge player in the mobile market, expanding Samsung Pay to non-Samsung Pay devices could help grow the service. Whether or not these unnamed non-Samsung manufacturers would be interested in adding MST to their devices is still a mystery, but giving expanding Samsung Pay and its ability to work even on non-NFC terminals could help give mobile payments in general a bit more traction with consumers.
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