Samsung Follows Apple, Google With New Digital Wallet App

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Samsung has consolidated its Pay and Pass apps into a virtual wallet called Samsung Wallet, which allows eligible Galaxy owners to store digital identification, payment or loyalty cards, keys and passwords on their phone.

Half pay and half pass (with a dash of SmartThings), Samsung Wallet includes everything from membership cards and virtual house keys to passwords and cryptocurrency. Samsung has also partnered with Korean Air to store boarding passes in the app; Later this year it will start supporting official documents such as a mobile driver’s license or student ID.

The app is protected by Samsung Knox and supports fingerprint recognition and encryption. An isolated Secure Element area will also store “sensitive items” to protect against digital and physical hackers, Samsung says.

This includes the digital keys for unlocking house and car doors. Samsung Wallet currently works with SmartThings Smart Locks(Opens in a new window) and select BMW, Genesis and Hyundai models.

Galaxy users in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and US can open Samsung Pay or Samsung Pass from an eligible device (feature requires a Pay-enabled phone running Android 9 or later) and prompted to update follow migrate to Samsung Wallet.

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The move comes after Apple recently announced several updates to Apple Pay, including Tap to Pay on iPhone and an Apple Pay Later option. It has also added driver’s license support to its wallet app. At last month’s I/O, Google also unveiled Google Wallet, a digital wallet for Android and Wear OS devices, as a tip (opens in new window).

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