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Samsung Pay Updated In Preparation For Marshmallow

February 5, 2016 - Written By David Steele

Samsung are the largest Android device manufacturer in the world and have a broad portfolio of smartphones and tablets that run a variant of Google’s operating system. Unfortunately, despite their large size and teams of software engineers, many Samsung customers are still waiting for Android 6.0 Marshmallow to be released for their devices. One of the reasons for the delay is that Samsung often have several variants of the one device released across many different markets, another is that these devices use Android running under a custom software interface called TouchWiz. We have seen previously leaked Samsung update schedules appearing on various websites plus a small number of customers appear to have accidently received Marshmallow before an official launch. Today we bring you the story of an update arriving for Samsung’s mobile payment service, Samsung Pay.

Samsung Pay is available for selected Samsung smartphone devices across certain markets as a means for customers to pay for goods and services direct from their smartphone rather than having to reach for their wallet. Samsung Pay has not been without its detractors: it’s currently only being made available on high end Samsung devices and whilst the business is adding more smartphones as they are released, not all new smartphones are compatible with the service. We’ve also seen some security issues whereby the application will not add a new card should the host device be encrypted. Samsung have today released an updated version of the Samsung Pay application in the Google Play Store and the release notes are simple enough: this version, up to 1.6.61, will enhance the user interface and performance, plus makes the device “M OS compatible.”

By “M OS,” we are taking this to mean that Samsung Pay will be compatible with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Furthermore, Samsung’s notes state that customers should update the application by the 16 February 2016 to avoid any service interruptions. This is a clue that points to Android Marshmallow could be being released in the next few days for at least one Samsung device in one market. Customers will be reminded of the update via either the Google Play Store or when using the application, as it runs a check upon launch. However, as to what device and where in the world we might be seeing Android 6.0 Marshmallow appearing, we won’t know until this arrives – or until Samsung let us know.