18 Nov 2017
New Samsung Pay update brings in support for UPI payments via Bharat QR codes
Samsung Pay, a mobile payment and digital wallet service by Samsung Electronics that lets users make payments using compatible phones and other Samsung-produced devices, is getting a new update for India. With this latest version, users will be able to use their Samsung Pay app for UPI payment support system by scanning barcodes. With the Bharat QR Code support, Samsung looks to enable payments scanning the codes linked to customers’ UPI bank accounts. Wherever a Bharat QR logo at the merchants is available, these payments can be processed.
UPI, or Unified Payments Interface, is a Government of India initiative that lets people make payments and transfer money with even a basic phone as long as it is connected to a network operator. The service is now being enabled for merchants and retailers as well. Users have taken overwhelmingly to the interface owing to its ease and platforms as PhonePe and Google’s Tez app already feature it. In addition to Bharat QR Code support, the new update to Samsung Pay also brings Android Oreo compatibility.
According to the online reports, the Oreo beta for India and other phase 2 countries is yet to start, but once it gets rolling the users (Galaxy S8) would be able to use Samsung Pay without any issues. As of now the newest Samsung Pay version on Google Play doesn’t enable UPI payment through Bharat QR code which means that it might take a few more days for the update to get rolling.
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