Gear S3 to support Samsung Pay even without a Samsung phone
While most of the Gear S2's features work just fine when paired to a non-Samsung phone, Samsung Pay was off-limits unless your watch was paired to a Galaxy device. On the upcoming Gear S3 watches, it looks like that's no longer the case. The Samsung Pay Twitter account has confirmed to AC that the service will work just fine on the watch, when paired with any phone running KitKat or above.
@alexdobie Hi there - yes, #SamsungPay works on the #GearS3 with other Android devices running 4.4 Kitkat or above.@alexdobie Hi there - yes, #SamsungPay works on the #GearS3 with other Android devices running 4.4 Kitkat or above.— Samsung Pay (@SamsungPay) November 18, 2016
To be clear, this doesn't mean you'll be able to use Samsung Pay on your non-Samsung phone independently of the watch, just that payments will apparently work on the watch without the requirement to use a Galaxy phone.
What's not clear is exactly how this will work. Obviously inputting card details on the watch directly wouldn't be ideal, so some sort of partner app on the phone would be needed. However, at present the Samsung Pay app is exclusive to Samsung phones. We've reached out to Samsung for further clarification.
It's also unclear whether both MST and NFC payments will be supported on the watch when paired to a non-Samsung device.
At the very least, though, it's a sign that Samsung wants to remove some of the barriers to entry for its payment service.
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To confirm in the UK on my Classic (and S6 mob) there is NO pay working on the Gear S3. Nothing on the Gear App on the mob. (I have Andr5PayOn my mob) . I contacted Sammy and they confirmed it's available in My Area !!!
Also, samsung pay and the cards can be added through samsung pay which is a part of Gear manager app itself. So check in gear manager if you could find it. All are purely based on what i read and saw. I don't have a watch yet.
Amusing workaround so now I can do my Pay stuff via the Gear App on my phone/watch whereas the phone itself does not natively support SPay...