Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of Samsung Wallet, a new platform that enables Galaxy users to organize digital keys, boarding passes, identification cards and more, in one, easy-to-use and secure mobile application. Samsung Wallet is protected by defense-grade security from Samsung Knox and takes advantage of an open Galaxy ecosystem by integrating with Samsung Blockchain Wallet to easily monitor cryptocurrencies and SmartThings to unlock doors.
“Samsung Wallet is bringing a new level of everyday convenience to mobile devices with a totally safe and secure environment for storing digital keys, cards and more,” said Jeanie Han, the executive vice president and head of digital life at Samsung Electronics, in a statement. “As part of our ongoing commitment to open ecosystems, we will continue to expand on the capabilities of Samsung Wallet by working closely with our trusted partners and developers.”
Samsung Wallet is protected by a defense-grade security platform, Samsung Knox. Protections include fingerprint recognition and encryption which help safeguard users’ sensitive data, so only the device owners can access their important information. Along with Samsung Knox, certain key sensitive items in Samsung Wallet are stored in an isolated environment the embedded Secure Element, which also helps protect against digital and physical hacking.
What can you store in the new Samsung Wallet app?
- Payment cards
- Loyalty and membership cards
- Digital Keys (both home and automobile)
- Korean Air boarding passes
- Digital IDs (coming later this year)
- Monitor cryptocurrency portfolio via Samsung Blockchain Wallet
Samsung Wallet app availability
At launch, the Samsung Wallet app will be available in six markets France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the US. Users in these regions can open the Samsung Pay or Samsung Pass apps on their eligible Galaxy devices and follow the prompts to update and migrate to the new wallet app. Alternatively, users can visit the Galaxy Store to install the app.
It’s worth reiterating that some of the features mentioned above may not be available in all regions for now. Another thing worth mentioning is that you’ll need a Samsung Pay-enabled Galaxy device running Android 9 Pie or later to use the new Samsung Wallet app. Additionally, some elements of the app require an embedded Secure Element-enabled (eSE-enabled) device.