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    News about the NFC market in South Korea — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

    Samsung Pay launches in Sweden and the UAE, enters early access in Hong Kong and Switzerland

    April 27th, 2017

    Samsung Pay has expanded to four additional markets with official launches in Sweden and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and early access launches in Hong Kong and Switzerland. The service has also been made available on Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatch in Russia, Sweden and the UAE in addition to its availability on the Gear S3 in the US, Singapore and Australia. More

    Bank of Korea signs up retailers for coinless society trial

    April 20th, 2017

    The Bank of Korea (BOK) has signed up retailers including CU, 7-Eleven, E-Mart, Lotte Mart and Lotte Department Store to begin trialling a service that will give customers change in the form of a top-up to a prepaid card. “Cha Hyeon-jin, an official handling the issue at the BOK, said no decision has been made yet on whether the pilot project could eventually lead to a cashless society, but he predicted that there is a good chance that such a development may be possible down the road,” Korea Times reports.

    Android Pay links to mobile banking apps to simplify setup process

    April 13th, 2017

    Android Pay has been integrated into the mobile banking apps of “several banks around the world” so that users can add their cards to the mobile payment service with “just the click of a button”. The feature will also work for those who have not installed Android Pay on their handset, giving them access to “the capabilities of Android Pay” without having to leave their mobile banking app. More

    Samsung Pay opens early access phase in the UAE

    April 4th, 2017

    Samsung Pay has launched an early access program in the UAE with support from Mastercard and Visa and a number of banks including Mashreq Bank, ADCB, Rakbank, Emirates NBD, Standard Chartered and NBAD. The mobile payment service is fully available in 12 markets including South Korea, the US, China, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia and, most recently, India. Samsung Pay will also be available for online payments later this year.

    Samsung Pay expands on online payments plan

    April 3rd, 2017

    Samsung Pay will be available for online payments at “hundreds of thousands of merchants around the world” where Visa Checkout is accepted later this year. The news follows an announcement by the company’s Justin Denison at Samsung Unpacked 2017 last week that the service was heading online through “strategic partnerships”. More

    Android Pay to launch in Korea in May?

    March 27th, 2017

    Android Pay will launch in Korea in May with support from Shinhan Card, Hyundai Card, Lotte Card and Hana Card, according to ETNews. “The release target was set in May,” the publication reports. “The card companies will sign the contract soon after the internal review.” Reports that Android Pay was heading to Korea emerged in February 2017.

    Dynamics CEO shares details on how LG Pay will work with magnetic stripe card terminals

    March 24th, 2017

    The Wireless Magnetic Communication technology being used for LG’s mobile payment service will allow consumers to pay with their phones in more places without having to change any of the point of sale terminals or re-educate merchants, technology provider Dynamics’ CEO has told NFC World. More

    LG to launch mobile payments service using magnetic communication technology

    March 22nd, 2017

    LG will launch its LG Pay mobile payments service in Korea in June this year using a mobile payment technology that works by “generating a magnetic signal from a mobile device such as a smartphone, and paying it to a general credit card terminal”.  More

    Samsung Pay goes live across India with support for Paytm and UPI money transfers

    March 22nd, 2017

    Samsung Pay has launched in India with support from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards and Standard Chartered Bank, with Citibank India support expected “shortly”. The service has also integrated India’s leading mobile wallet Paytm and comes with support for peer-to-peer money transfers through the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface platform. More

    Sweden becomes first Nordic country to get Samsung Pay

    March 9th, 2017

    Samsung Pay has launched in beta across Sweden, the first Nordic country to see the mobile payment service rolled out, with support from debit and credit card providers Mastercard, Mastercard SAS, Visa, Eurocard, and banks… More

    South Korea to test NFC credit card authentication for online shopping

    March 8th, 2017

    The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) is to run a pilot allowing consumers to authenticate themselves when making online purchases by tapping their credit card against an NFC smartphone, The Korea Herald reports. “The smartphones can read the personal information,” KCC says. “Credit card firms and credit appraisal firms share the information to prove whether the information is genuine.”

    Samsung Pay goes live in Malaysia

    February 24th, 2017

    Samsung Pay has begun rolling out in Malaysia with support from CIMB, Citibank and Standard Chartered, with Hong Leong Bank coming soon. The banks join existing support for the mobile payment service from Maybank, Mastercard… More

    Ant Financial invests in Korea and Philippines

    February 21st, 2017

    Alipay parent company Ant Financial is to invest US$200m in South Korean mobile finance platform Kakao Pay to “expand its online and offline payment coverage”. Ant Financial has also made its first investment in the Philippines, announcing a strategic partnership to “scale up” mobile operator Globe Telecom’s mobile wallet and digital financial service Mynt.

    Apple Pay and Android Pay prepare for Korea launch

    February 15th, 2017

    Apple Pay and Android Pay are preparing to launch in Korea, according to The Korea Herald. “Apple’s executives recently held a meeting with South Korean financial authorities — a move that can be viewed as the company testing the waters,” the publication reports. “Local card companies forecast that Google’s Android Pay is likely to be introduced earlier than Apple Pay.”

    LG to abandon mobile payments platform plans?

    February 9th, 2017

    LG will not launch its LG Pay mobile payments platform on the upcoming LG G6 device due to time constraints and the company may be abandoning its plans to launch the service altogether, South Korean publication Newsis reports. The company delayed the introduction of LG Pay due to issues testing the service in South Korea in September 2016.

    Google unveils Android Wear 2.0 and new watch with support for NFC mobile payments

    February 9th, 2017

    Google has officially unveiled Android Wear 2.0, the new version of its operating system for smartwatches, and two new watches from LG — one of which comes with NFC to support HCE mobile payments using… More

    Samsung to bring Mini version of Samsung Pay to all Android handsets

    February 2nd, 2017

    Samsung is to launch a pared-down version of Samsung Pay which will make the mobile payments service available on all Android handsets. The Samsung Pay Mini app will support certain features of the original platform,… More

    Samsung Pay preps for Indian debut

    February 1st, 2017

    Samsung Pay is preparing to launch in India. “A message that says ‘The future of payments is coming soon!’ pops up as soon as you start using the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge running Android 7.0 in India,” SamMobile reports. “If you dig a little deeper, you can find the Samsung Pay app installed on the phone, which is proof enough that the South Korean electronics giant is almost ready to launch Samsung Pay in India.”

    Palm vein authentication system launched for mobile devices

    January 13th, 2017

    A palm vein authentication system compact enough to be used in tablets and other mobile devices as “dependable as current optical units” has been unveiled by Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu. The company says it expects… More

    Biometric payments pilot to test palm vein replacement for cards

    January 10th, 2017

    South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) is planning to launch a pilot in the first half of 2017 that will allow consumers to make payments at the point of sale using palm vein authentication technology,… More

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