Samsung announced their new Samsung Pay service earlier this spring when they announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. That was well over two months ago and we still haven’t heard any firm details about exactly when the service would debut. During an investor call, Samsung Executive Vice President Rhee In Jong said that the company will launch Samsung Pay at the same time as their next high-end mobile device-presumably the Galaxy Note 5. The Note series is typically unveiled at IFA Berlin in September. If the service does arrive with the Note 5, this puts the time to debut from initial announcement at about 6 months. One other possibility is that Samsung Pay could debut with the Galaxy S6 Plus that we told you about yesterday.
This news is sure to upset many Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge early adopters that were looking forward to the Samsung Pay feature. It is rather disappointing that Samsung announced a feature with the S6 that will make its debut on a later phone. In addition to the concerns from Galaxy S6 customers, Samsung will no doubt have to compete with Google’s own Android Pay this fall. Google announced Android Pay at I/O last week and it will debut with Android M sometime in Q3. It will be interesting to see how the battle for mobile payments supremacy plays out between Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and Apple Pay.
Anyone out there upset if Sammy takes 6+ months to get Samsung Pay on your Galaxy S6?
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