Customers can now use Samsung Pay on their mobile phone to travel on London's transport network as part of its wider United Kingdom launch. A recent leak of the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) indicated that the smartphone will be available in the market in more than two colors.
Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 let owners pay for goods using their iris.
Samsung's latest flagship devices, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, went on sale in South Korea, the U.S., and Canada last month.
Users of Samsung Pay rivals Apple Pay and Google Wallet are already able to pay for journeys. The service will also "become available on additional devices in the coming months", Samsung says.
As with the other mobile systems, it uses tokenization creates a unique randomised set of numbers to be used at each new transaction, to avoid using your card number directly from from your phone in a transaction.
Just a couple of months after Galaxy Note 7 started to hit shelves globally in August 2015, Samsung had to recall around 4.3 million units of the model being released after the onslaught of complaints due to exploding batteries.
Do you use any form of mobile payments? This presents challenges for Samsung Pay, said Ruomeng Wang, mobile analyst at IHS Markit. The Galaxy S6 series will be included in the Samsung Pay flock through a software update. For the uninitiated, that's the feature that allows Samsung Pay users to pay contactlessly on card readers that do not have NFC - by wirelessly communication with the magnetic strip reader.
Samsung Pay arrives with support for Visas and Mastercards from Nationwide, MBNA, and Santander.
Samsung Pay launched in its home market of South Korea and the USA in 2015, and has since rolled out to China, India, Brazil, Spain, Russia, Thailand, and Malaysia, as well as Sweden and the United Arab Emirates in April this year.