When it comes to NFC Services, Apple Pay is only compatible with iOS devices andAndroid Pay has the advantage of being compatible with a huge range of Android devices as long as they have an NFC chip. Samsung Pay, however, only works with select Samsung Galaxy devices, including the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Apparently, this is about to change, as the company has filed a trademark for a name of a software application known as Samsung Pay Mini. According to the trademark, which was filed on June 30, 2016, with respect to the EU Intellectual Property Office, it is meant to protect the word “Samsung Pay Mini.”
This means that Samsung is building a version of Samsung Pay for non-Galaxy Androids and iPhones dubbed “Samsung Pay Mini.” This app will handle online payments only (that is you can’t use the phone to pay in-store). There are plans to add desktop support (PC and Mac) later on.
The app can be secured with a fingerprint reader where available or with just PIN or password elsewhere.
Even though the trademark confirms that the company is indeed working on releasing a Samsung Pay Mini app for non-Galaxy devices, the exact date of when this will happen is still unknown. Who knows, this may happen the same day that Samsung will reportedly be announcing the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 7, which should happen at an Unpacked event to be held on August 2 in New York.