Samsung Pay usually goes hand-in-hand with a Samsung mobile device, typically one of its smartphones, but that is no longer the case with Samsung Pay working without a Samsung smartphone.
According to a report by 9to5Google, Samsung Pay confirmed on Twitter that the Gear S3 Classic and the Gear S3 Frontier will work with or without a Samsung smartphone. The devices can be paired with any Android smartphone that has KitKat or newer, and Samsung Pay will work.
The report noted Samsung doesn’t provide clarity in terms of how it works, but the report speculated that Samsung could rollout Samsung Pay for other handsets that run Android or it could be integrated into the Gear Manager app to power Samsung Pay.
In late August, as Apple geared up to roll out the Apple Watch Series 2, Samsung was drawing its own line in the sand, getting ready to take on the competitors in the wearable device market. Samsung was following up on what Mashable said was the tech giant’s “well-received” Gear S2 with the Gear S3, which is defined in part by size.
The site stated that the newest model of the smartwatch has some tech/software features that enable travel via GPS, and the smartwatches also have longer battery life. One of the defining characteristics, said the site, can be defined as “big.” The diameter now for the latest model is 46mm, compared with the Gear 2’s 42mm. Samsung has said that such watches are “trendy” at the moment. And in the name of trends, perhaps it might be a given that Samsung would throw a bigger hat in the ring versus other companies, such as Apple.