Just over a week ago we learned that Samsung was going to make Samsung Pay available for all Android devices, so long as a Gear S3 smartwatch is paired to that device. Now, Samsung has pushed an update live to enable that functionality via the Gear Manager app on Android.
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This server side update, available now, adds a Samsung Pay section to the app, allowing users to set up cards through the app just as they would on a Samsung smartphone with the same service available. Where things differ here is that, rather than running payments through the smartphone, Samsung Pay will work exclusively through the paired Samsung Gear S3 Classic or Gear S3 Frontier.
Along with that update, we also now have confirmation that Samsung Pay will work both through NFC as well as using MST through this method. That means you can use the service both at locations with a special NFC terminal, as well as any location with a standard card reader.
In the video below, we see the setup process for Samsung Pay on the Gear S3 performed on an LG V20, and things go off without a hitch. However, according to some users, this may not work for every smartphone just yet. According to a response from Samsung on Twitter, the Google Pixel doesn’t support this, but the reason is unclear. Hopefully, that issue can be fixed soon.