Samsung has inaugurated its mobile payment system, called Samsung Pay, into its 2015 smartphones, including the latest, the Galaxy Note 5, that was revealed back in August. The Korean giant waited until one month later after the Galaxy Note 5 unveil to reveal its Gear S2 smartwatch at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Since Samsung has evidenced its desire to see mobile payments come to all its devices, including smartwatches, many a Gear S2 buyer and fan have been anxiously awaiting the day when Samsung would announce Samsung Pay for the Gear S2.
Unfortunately, if you stand in that camp, as do I, you’ll have to wait until 2016.
Samsung was met at Twitter on November 29th by Michael (@_TheTRn), a fan who asked one of the questions every fan has been dying to ask: “I was told I would get Samsung pay on my gears2 by November. There’s only 2 days left and nothing. @SamsungMobileUS @SamsungSupport”
Samsung Mobile US responded back to Michael within a matter of minutes, with the following response: “@_TheTRn we’re sorry for the wait, Michael. #SamsungPay is now coming to the #GearS2 in 2016. Stay tuned for more information. Thanks!”
Samsung says that Samsung Pay for the Gear S2 will arrive in 2016, but we don’t know at this point what that means. We do know that the Galaxy S7 is due to arrive in February (if sources are reliable), and that’s only a matter of weeks away. On the other hand, many said Samsung would release Samsung Pay for its smartphones in the US earlier this summer, but the company didn’t release Samsung Pay until October-November. We could be looking at the end of 2016 before Samsung Pay for the Korean giant’s latest smartwatch gets mobile payment compatibility. I know, I know, it brings a sad face to mind -- ☹
So, there you have it: if you’ve been hoping to pay for your groceries, a movie rental, or even a candy bar or two with your Gear S2 smartwatch (yes, tech enthusiasts want to whip out their wrist and do “magic tricks”), you’ll be waiting for a while. Hopefully, if you purchased a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, you also have any one of the company’s latest smartphones (Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note5) – all of which have Samsung Pay compatibility.