Even before Google launches its digital wallet for money, documents and IDs, Samsung launches a corresponding counterpart and announces Samsung Wallet. It is primarily intended to make mobile payments easier and more secure for Samsung users. Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass will be merged in the new app and extended with additional functions as a digital wallet.
Samsung Wallet launches as a digital wallet
The new app, Samsung Wallet, aims to bring together many of the things you would otherwise find in a physical app in digital form in one secure and easy-to-use place. Similar to what you already know from Apple devices’ Wallet.
Accessing the new app is particularly easy on Samsung devices and is possible in three ways. By swiping upwards, selecting the Wall icon or double-tapping the side button of the smartphone or tablet. However, not only bank or credit cards and other payment functions are supposed to be found in Samsung Wallet. Passwords and other personal information can also be found in the app.
All data in the wallet is protected by biometric identification via fingerprint and the Samsung Knox security platform, which is firmly integrated in the smartphone’s chip. Boarding passes for flights can also be found in the app, although only those of Korean partner airlines Korean Air, Jin Air and Jeju Air at the start. The former, however, is also available in Germany.
“We plan to add more features in the future together with our partners to offer users easy and secure access to technology, such as cryptocurrencies,” reveals Gerrit Povel, Vice President Direct to Consumer (D2C) at Samsung Electronics Germany.
The functions of the Samsung Wallet
At the launch of the Samsung Wallet app in Germany, the following functions are available:
- Samsung Pay: mobile payment secure, easy and convenient with your smartphone
- Samsung Pass: easy and secure access to apps and services through biometric identification
- Membership and loyalty cards, vouchers, and coupons (participating partners)
- Corona immunization record: secure and organized storage of digital immunization records
- Boarding passes: for convenient travel in the digital age
Samsung plans to gradually expand Wallet together with its users and partners to be able to create a central app for everyday life. Digital keys, for example, for cars of some manufacturers such as BMW, but also entrance doors or hotel rooms can already be stored in the app and quickly accessed.
“In addition, the wallet could prospectively serve as a secure repository for identification documents, such as the digital identity card (eID) or driver’s license, digital tickets, tickets and also for cryptocurrencies,” writes Samsung.
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App launches on June 17
Starting June 17, the Samsung Wallet app will be launched. The rollout will be gradual, with the new application being made available to random users on a daily basis. The update will then be available for download to all users from June 24. Until Samsung Wallet is downloaded, Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass can still be used as usual. A notice when opening the Pay or Passport app reveals whether the new application is available and can be used.