The Galaxy S6 (along with the GS6 Edge) has a neat trick: beyond being able to complete mobile payments using NFC, as you would with something like Google Pay, the phone’s hardware also has the ability to emulate a swiped magnetic card, allowing it to fund transactions even where POS systems lack specific NFC hardware. It sounds pretty promising, but there’s one big hitch: you can’t use it just yet. Back when the phone launched, we heard that the Samsung Pay service that’s tied to this ability would go live later this year. As we wait for Samsung to flip the switch, the company’s offering a little update on just when we could hope to see Samsung pay arrive.
A Samsung exec confirmed this week that Samsung Pay is on schedule to land in both the US and South Korea during the second half of the year. That H2 business is interesting, as when Samsung Pay was first announced, the company was specifically talking about summer; that it’s now saying H2 rather than Q3 may indicate that the launch could fall a tad later than originally planned.
Samsung’s also no closer to revealing specific international plans beyond those two countries, and while we earlier heard that China and European nations should be on that list, all Samsung’s saying now is that any release schedule beyond the US and South Korea is “still under discussion.” That uncertainty extends to wearable support, with Samsung unwilling to disclose specifics before the service goes live.