Samsung users can leave their wallets at home – unless you live in South Africa


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Samsung has combined its ‘Pay’ and ‘Pass’ apps into Samsung Wallet. It hopes that you can now leave your physical wallet at home. The amalgamation was first announced in February 2022 alongside the Galaxy S22 handsets. Now the company has finally launched the feature in selected markets. Just not in South Africa. Not yet.

Samsung says it will allow Galaxy phone users to store drivers licences, ID cards, loyalty cards, gift cards, passwords, and digital keys in a single, easy to use system secured with Samsung Knox.

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This is shortly after Google announced its new Wallet ambitions at its annual I/O conference in May this year.

Samsung is adding an extra blockchain feature that will allow you to track your cryptocurrency investments (or what’s left of them) within its Wallet.

Before you get too excited the app is only launching in six countries at first – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the US. If you live in one of those you can open the Pay or Pass apps on your eligible Galaxy device and follow the prompts to upgrade them to Wallet.

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If you don’t live in one of those, you’ll need to sit tight. Hopefully everything goes well there and Samsung rolls the feature out to more countries. These updated features will only be available on specific Galaxy devices. If yours is running Android 9 or higher and supports Samsung Pay you should be covered.

It should be noted that the company said not all features will be available in all regions. Features like storing drivers licences and ID require cooperation from local authorities which can sometimes take a while to get going. Hopefully Samsung sorts that out before launching the feature in SA.

Source: Samsung Newsroom

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