Samsung has announced that it is partnering with Ant Financial Services Group, the parent company of Alipay, to expand the presence of Samsung Pay in China. Alipay is the largest third-party payment processing service in the country, boasting a userbase of over 450 million. The partnership gives Alipay users the ability to pay using their Samsung phones to pay for goods and services at over 600,000 retail outlets in China and 60,000 locations outside the country.
Samsung launched its mobile payments service in China in March, teaming up with UnionPay, the country's largest payment network. From Injong Rhee, head of R&D for software services at Samsung's mobile division:
We are excited to be working with Alipay to expand Samsung Pay services in China. The reception of Samsung Pay since its launch has been extremely positive and the service has already seen tremendous success in terms of availability and adoption by consumers. We ultimately want to make Samsung Pay available to as many consumers as possible around the globe, so that everyone can have the opportunity to enjoy the simplicity, safety and convenience of this mobile payment solution.
Samsung Pay is currently available on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A5 2016, Galaxy A7 2016, Galaxy A9 2016 and the Galaxy A9 Pro in China.