Samsung today announced that it is launching a “Samsung Wallet” so that users can store select digital keys, boarding passes, identity cards and more all in one place. The company says that Samsung Wallet combines Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass into one secure platform. First mobile wallet was teased, Earlier this year at the manufacturer’s Unpacked event.
Starting today, Galaxy users in the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain can open the Samsung Pay or Samsung Pass app to migrate to the new Samsung Wallet on their Samsung Pay-enabled Galaxy phones that run Android 9 Pie. are. or later.
Samsung Wallet will give users quick access to their payment cards, loyalty and membership cards, etc. It also integrates with Samsung Blockchain Wallet so that users can monitor their digital asset portfolio by checking the value of cryptocurrencies. The company notes that Samsung Wallet also includes Samsung Pass functionality that securely stores passwords and verifies users’ identities with their biometric data to log into apps and services.
The mobile wallet can also be used to store important documents, such as proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. Later this year, Samsung Wallet will start supporting official IDs, such as mobile driver’s licenses and student IDs from select institutions.
Samsung Wallet also integrates with SmartThings to support digital automobile keys on select BMW, Genesis and Hyundai models. The integration will allow users to lock and unlock their cars, start the engine and more directly from the mobile wallet. This functionality is available for many models, including BMW 1-8 Series, X5, X5 M, X6, X6 M, X7, Z4, iX3, iX and i4 models manufactured after July 2020. The functionality is also available for the Genesis GV60 model. Launched after September 2021, G90 models launched after December 2021 and Hyundai Palisade models after May 2022.
In addition, users can also store their boarding pass in their Samsung Wallet, starting with select Korean Air flights, Samsung Notes. It is unclear when users will be able to add boarding passes from other airlines.
The company notes that Samsung Wallet is secured by Samsung Knox. Security measures include fingerprint recognition and encryption to protect sensitive data of users. Samsung also notes that some of the sensitive key items in Samsung Wallet are stored in a separate environment called an embedded “Secure Element” to help protect against digital and physical hacking.
“Samsung Wallet is bringing a new level of everyday convenience to mobile devices with a completely secure environment for storing digital keys, cards and more,” said Jenny Han, Executive Vice President and Head of Digital Life at Samsung Electronics. Statement. “As part of our continued commitment to open up the ecosystem, we will continue to expand the capabilities of Samsung Wallet by working closely with our trusted partners and developers.”
Samsung Wallet is largely similar to Apple Wallet, which allows users to store payment information and personal data, including vaccination record, It’s worth noting that the Apple Wallet app has begun enabling users to store their mobile driver’s licenses and state IDs, with users in Arizona and Maryland being the first to access the feature. However, Apple Wallet does not currently allow users to store cryptographic information.
Samsung Wallet will also compete with the recently announced Google Wallet, a new Android and Wear OS app that allows users to store credit cards, loyalty cards, digital IDs, transit passes, concert tickets, vaccination cards and more. Will give