Confirmed: Samsung Pay doesn’t just work with Galaxy phones on Gear S3
Smartwatches and mobile payment services sometimes work in mysterious ways. For instance, Google left its ego aside a while back, convincing Apple to allow iPhone synchronization on Android Wear devices.
But Apple Watches are still not compatible with Android phones. As for Samsung’s Tizen-powered wearables, they fully support relatively new Androids, also picking up beta iPhone functionality a few months ago after a number of false starts.
Where do digital wallets come in? In an unexpected but very welcome twist, it seems that the Samsung Gear S3 will indeed let you pay for stuff on the go from your wrist even when not hooked to a Galaxy phone.
The rumor that originated earlier this week on Reddit today gets the corroboration of Samsung Pay’s official Twitter handlers. No room for doubt or interpretation, as it’s clearly spelled out that “#SamsungPay works on the #GearS3 with other Android devices running 4.4 KitKat or above.”
So, yeah, no need to make a compromise and choose the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge as the explosive Note 7’s replacement if, say, you really want to buy a Pixel or LG V20 alongside a Samsung Pay-enabled Gear S3 Frontier or Classic. Dare we hope the Gear S3 will also support Samsung Pay when paired to an iPhone? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.