20th January 2023 - 2 min read
Samsung has announced that another eight new markets will be able to tap into the convenience of its Samsung Wallet by the end of January 2023, including Malaysia. This comes following its official launch last year, during which the app was rolled out to only six key markets before being expanded to several more countries.
With this latest update, Samsung users in Malaysia will soon be able to utilise the Samsung Wallet app – which merges the functions of Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass – to not only make payments, but also keep a range of personal documents and items. Some items that you can keep within your Samsung Wallet (via the capabilities of Samsung Pass) include your credit and debit cards, membership cards, as well as personal and student IDs.
In addition to that, you can also store boarding passes, movie tickets, selected cryptocurrencies, and even digital keys from selected brands. Some brands that have signed a partnership with Samsung to allow this functionality thus far include Korean Air, Audi, Genesis, Hyundai, Porsche, and BMW.
Samsung also stressed that users’ data will be protected by several security measures, including Samsung Knox, a “defense-grade security platform”. Essentially, Knox offers data protection by storing highly sensitive data in a portion of your mobile phone’s memory known as a “secure environment” – separate from other day-to-day data.
Of course, users will need a compatible mobile phone in order to use Samsung Wallet. Samsung has said that Samsung Wallet is available only on devices that are running on Android 9 and above – you can find the full list of supported phones in Samsung’s FAQ here. The tech giant also noted that the available features and content offered via Samsung Wallet may vary depending on factors such as country, device model, and firmware version.
Aside from Malaysia, the other countries that will also see Samsung Wallet arriving at their shores by the end of January 2023 are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Taiwan. During the launch of Samsung Wallet back in June 2022, it was only made available to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the US. Subsequently, it was expanded to more countries, including China, Finland, Qatar, the UAE, and Vietnam.
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