Samsung has Considered Letting Non-Samsung Phones Use Samsung Pay

During a lengthy conversation with ZDnet, the executive VP and head of enterprise business at Samsung’s mobile business (holy sh*t title), Injong Rhee, laid out all sorts of little nuggets of information on the company’s new mobile payment system, Samsung Pay. Rhee talked about their plans for expansion in the US, early successes of the platform in Korea, how they want to be more than just the other mobile payment system, new devices to feature Samsung Pay, and if they would ever let other manufacturers use the technology.  (more…)

Gear S2 and Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE With NumberSync Available November 6 at AT&T

November 6 is shaping up to be a big day for AT&T. Not only are they launching the HTC One A9 and Blackberry Priv, but they are also kicking off sales of two connected wearables, the Samsung Gear S2 and LG G Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. These two watches will be the first to utilize AT&T’s NumberSync, a service that allows you to “keep your mobile number with you even if you phone isn’t.”  (more…)

Fingerprint Cards AB, Makers of the Sensor Found in the Nexus 5X and 6P, was Almost Bought by Samsung

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P feature Android Imprint, the name given to what is the fingerprint reader and software that utilizes it on the latest flagship devices from Google. More interestingly, the maker of the reader hardware itself, Fingerprint Cards AB, was almost acquired by Samsung a couple of years ago for a whopping $650 million.

Today, as we can see, that deal never came to be, and now Fingerprint Card AB’s technology is not only seen in the Nexus phones, but in the OnePlus 2, LG V10, and the upcoming Robin from Nextbit.  (more…)

Samsung Pay is Now Actually, Officially, Really, No Seriously, Available on Verizon

At the end of last week, owners of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 on Verizon began receiving an update that not only brought the latest round of Stagefright fixes, but also made each ready for Samsung Pay. Then on Monday, a direct link to Samsung Pay on Google Play was discovered that allowed these phone owners to install Samsung’s mobile payment systems and get to tap, tap, tapping on payment terminals everywhere. And then Samsung said, “No, no, not yet,” and pulled it.  (more…)

Report: Samsung May Announce the Galaxy S7 on January 19

Every year, we see reports, rumors, and leaks claiming that they know when Samsung will announce the newest flagship device. Like clockwork, it seems that each year before CES arrives, reports surface claiming Samsung will introduce a new Galaxy device in January at the annual tech show in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it never happens. This week, a new report has surfaced that states we will see the Galaxy S7 announced on January 19, which is about a week and a half after CES.  (more…)