Samsung Pay Compatible with Non-Samsung Phones via Gear S3
The Samsung Gear S3 is the first smartwatch with MST technology, the programming that allows Samsung Pay to work with registers that do not have near field communication (NFC) capabilities. The company has revealed yet another innovation with the Gear S3—it will make Samsung Pay accessible to non-Samsung users. Anyone with a device running Android KitKat 4.4 or higher can be paired with the smartwatch and its corresponding mobile wallet.
Until now, the only way you could truly use Samsung Pay is with one of the latest Samsung devices (Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, Note 7, etc.). After numerous issues with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung was forced to recall, refund and exchange all Note 7s shortly after they were put on the market. This expansion of Samsung Pay to non-Samsung devices may be an attempt to regain consumer confidence.
It is important to note that Samsung Pay will not fully function on non-Samsung devices. People can still use an app on their Android phones to monitor funds, but the only way to make physical payments will be through the Gear S3. This was somewhat of a hassle when the Gear S2 came out because users had to upload card information on their phones and their smartwatches. The process has been much more fluid with the Gear S3.
The new smartwatch was available for pre-order earlier this month, but it will be in stores beginning November 18.