Since launch, users have been able to download the Samsung Pay app from Samsung's own dedicated app store. But since enough people aren't aware that place exists, the app inevitably must make it to Google Play as well. And here it is.
Play Store availability doesn't open the app to any more devices than before. Samsung Pay remains a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Note 5 exclusive.
The app made a brief appearance on the Play Store yesterday, as someone apparently pulled the trigger too early. Today is the intended launch date for the app.
The Play Store version doesn't yet match the one available in Samsung's store. When you first run the app after installation, it prompts you download the later version from Samsung. So really, the only reason for this Play Store page to exist is to increase your likelihood of coming across the app.
Samsung Pay went live at the end of last month, and following Verizon's latest OTA update, the mobile payments method is now open to customers on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon.
Samsung is bringing Samsung Pay to Verizon customers. With the latest support from Verizon, Samsung has expanded Samsung Pay's commercial availability to consumers on all major U.S. wireless carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.
Verizon customers with the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note5, and Galaxy S6 edge+ will be able to download and install the Samsung Pay application from Google Play beginning Oct. 21 at 12:00 PM ET.
Launched on September 28 in the United States, Samsung Pay is a simple and safe mobile payment service that works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card. Samsung Pay is compatible with most existing and new terminals, including most magnetic stripe, EMV and NFC terminals. That means Samsung Pay works at more places than any other mobile payment service.
Nana Murugesan, VP of Strategy and Operations, Samsung Electronics America released to the following statement on the new partnership with Verizon: "We are proud to partner with Verizon to bring Samsung Pay to Verizon customers. With Samsung Pay, Verizon customers will be able to shop like yesterday and pay like tomorrow. With the widest acceptance of retailers, Samsung Pay works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your card."
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