Last month, owners of Samsung phones like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy Note 5 saw long-promised support for Samsung Pay finally go live in the US; beyond using their phones to make NFC-based payments, the service also supported the magstripe-emulation hardware in these handsets to conduct payments at NFC-less terminals. That was great news … except if you were on Verizon. While the other major carriers were all in line for the service’s US debut, Verizon found itself lagging behind, and it wasn’t until early October that we saw the carrier address the issue, promising eventual Samsung Pay support following delivery of a future software update. OK, that’s nice Verizon, but just how much longer are users supposed to wait? Today we get our answer, as the carrier starts pushing that not only deliver Samsung’s latest security updates, but also deliver Samsung Pay compatibility.
The big four – the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 edge+ – all find themselves on the receiving end of this new round of updates. Once installed, these phones will have underlying support for Samsung Pay, but still need to pick up the app. Unfortunately, while the app appeared briefly on Google Play earlier today, it’s since been pulled (for what reason, we can’t say), so you Samsung Verizon users are still waiting on one last piece to fall into place before you can actually start using Samsung Pay – hopefully the app will be resurfacing shortly.
Beyond this Samsung Pay business, we also see the arrival of Samsung’s latest string of security updates – including a fix for this summer’s Stagefright vulnerability. Check your Verizon Samsung devices today for notification of your update.