Following belatedly in Apple’s footsteps, today Samsung Electronics announced the launch of Samsung Wallet, a new platform that enables Galaxy users to organize digital keys, boarding passes, identification cards and more, in one, easy-to-use and secure mobile application. Samsung Wallet is protected by defense-grade security from Samsung Knox and takes advantage of an open Galaxy ecosystem by integrating with Samsung Blockchain Wallet to easily monitor cryptocurrencies and SmartThings to unlock doors.
“Samsung Wallet is bringing a new level of everyday convenience to mobile devices with a totally safe and secure environment for storing digital keys, cards and more,” said Jeanie Han, EVP and Head of Digital Life, MX Business at Samsung Electronics. “As part of our ongoing commitment to open ecosystems, we will continue to expand on the capabilities of Samsung Wallet by working closely with our trusted partners and developers.”
More Than a Payment Service
Samsung Wallet gives users a refined interface and one-swipe access to their payment cards, loyalty and membership cards and more. Samsung Wallet also incorporates the functionality of Samsung Pass which securely stores passwords and enables users to quickly and easily log into apps and services. It even helps users quickly monitor their digital asset portfolio by checking the value of their cryptocurrencies across various exchanges4 in one place. Later this year, Samsung Wallet will also begin to support official IDs, such as mobile driver’s licences and student IDs.
Convenient Access to Home and Transportation
With the integration of SmartThings and Samsung’s partnerships with well-known home security companies, users can easily add digital home keys to conveniently lock and unlock their doors with a Galaxy device. Samsung Wallet also supports for digital automobile keys on select BMW, Genesis and Hyundai models which let users lock and unlock cars, start engines and more. And Samsung’s partnership with Korean Air allows Korean Air boarding passes to be stored in Samsung Wallet for easy access, making it simple and convenient to board a flight.
As Secure as It Is Simple, Protected by Samsung Knox
Samsung Wallet is protected by a defence-grade security platform, Samsung Knox. Protections include fingerprint recognition and encryption which help safeguard users’ sensitive data, so only the device owners can access their important information. Along with Samsung Knox, certain key sensitive items in Samsung Wallet are stored in an isolated environment — the embedded Secure Element, which also helps protect against digital and physical hacking.
Galaxy users in six markets — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US, can simply open Samsung Pay or Samsung Pass app from their eligible Galaxy devices and follow prompt to update and migrate to Samsung Wallet, or visit the Galaxy Store to learn more.