Like most mobile payment solutions, Samsung Pay seems to be in a constant state of expansion while it lays the groundwork to what will be a much bigger and more widely-used mobile payment option. The latest of which has now been announced today with Samsung detailing the latest advancements that have either already come to Samsung Pay or will do in the near future. The first of which is the actual expansion of its worldwide availability. Adding to the already-supported countries, Samsung today confirmed that Malaysia, Russia and Thailand are the next places to gain Samsung Pay. In some instances, like Russia, this has already happened. Either way Samsung has now confirmed that the total number of countries in which Samsung Pay operates will stand at ten by the close of this year.
In addition, the announcement details that Samsung has struck a deal with MasterCard to allow Samsung Pay to be used as a form of payment for Masterpass transactions. Much in the same way that Google recently announced with Android Pay, if you happen to use Masterpass to pay for items online, you will soon be able to checkout using Samsung Pay. According to the details, this feature will go live with Samsung Pay "early next year". Some of the benefits of the Samsung Pay and Masterpass integration will include faster checkout (without the need for form filling each time), the ability to pay for items from any device and the advanced level of security that is on offer by having to use Samsung Pay – like using fingerprint identification to approve a purchase.
The last part of the announcement focuses on some of the other new features which will be coming to Samsung Pay users in the US. These include the ability to make in-app payments as well as the ability to access deals at stores that are near to your location, à la 'Nearby'. Samsung has confirmed that both features are due to become available within the Samsung Pay app sometime in November. Although Samsung does confirm that the in-app payments feature will be a little limited at first in terms of support, with initially only purchases made with Velocity, Raise, Fancy, Hello Vino, Wish and Touch of Modern, possible. Although Samsung does note that the list of supported stores will increase in due course.