Samsung’s quest for domination in all segments of the mobile tech world will not be hindered by a single malfunctioning phone or a year-end quarter globally commanded by arch-rival Apple in terms of overall shipment numbers.
A sleeker, more innovative and, hopefully, safer than ever flagship Galaxy device is right around the corner, alongside a potentially game-changing proprietary digital assistant, and in slightly less exciting news, a scaled-down version of Samsung Pay dedicated purely to online payments.
This Samsung Pay Mini service, which has been rumored for many months now to carry both Android and iOS support, ultimately breaks cover with exclusivity on Google’s industry-leading platform, at least for starters.
It’s entirely possible iPhone and iPad compatibility will be added later on, although we wouldn’t count on something like that happening anytime soon. At the moment, anything extending beyond just a handful of Samsung Galaxy phones and a couple of Gear smartwatches qualifies as progress.
Indeed, Samsung Pay Mini works with a wide range of Android handhelds running OS version 5.0 Lollipop and up, and sporting at least an HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display. Public testing begins in Korea on Monday, February 6, for Samsung Card users, but unfortunately, there’s no word on an expansion following the proper local launch slated for sometime this quarter.