Apple rejects Pay Mini app from Samsung

By , Dec 12, 2016

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Apple has rejected the native Pay Mini app for iPhone from Samsung, ETNews reported Monday. The Cupertino company reportedly did not disclose why it had refused to host Samsung’s app on the App Store, but it’s fairly safe to speculate that it might have something to do with competition.

ETNews previously reported that Samsung was planning to release Samsung Pay, its mobile payments service, as a downloadable iPhone application.

It’s now confirmed that Samsung recently received a notice of rejection from Apple. It’s decided against resubmitting the app and will be now sharpening focus only on Android markets that cover 85 percent of global markets for smartphones.

“After Apple rejected registration of Samsung Pay Mini onto its app store, we have decided to focus on smartphones with Android OS.” said a representative for Samsung.

Sources within financial and IT industries claim the Galaxy maker will launch Samsung Pay Mini on its home turf in January 2017. Aside from competitive reasons, Apple might have decided to rejecte the Pay Mini app if its particular functions did not follow App Store policies on security and regulations.

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The app would let iPhone fans enter their credit card information to make payments on online stores. ETNews previously claimed Samsung was considering expansion to other platforms realizing its mobile payments service did not take off in a big way.

Launched in August 2016 in nine countries, Samsung Pay combines the best of both worlds by supporting both online and mobile payments.

Unlike Apple’s own mobile payments service which only supports contactless payments using Near-Field Communications (NFC), Samsung’s system supports both NFC and an electromagnetic transmission system that allows contactless payments to be used on payment terminals which only support magnetic stripe cards.

Apple Pay is expected to launch in South Korean during the first half of 2017.

Source: ETNews

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  • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

    No one uses Samsung Pay.
    Meanwhile Apple Pay is actually popular

    • _TB_TB_

      In USA maybe, rest of the world? Not so much…

      • Natalie

        It’s popular in the UK Like, I see it everywhere… But I’ve only used it a handful of times

      • John

        Agreed. I use it all the time. Specially in convienience stores and petrol garages where the chances of card cloning is quite high. Loads of places around London have problems with card cloning so Apple Pay prevents them being able to steal my info since the token can only be used once and if they intercept it it’s already a used token so it’s useless.

    • I don’t use either of them, plastic is still faster for me. Most of the stores in my area have horrible issues with any digital payments methods.

      • Jay

        Faster. No. well not at at least in any instance ive used Apple Pay, swipeing is not much slower but no need to show id on most purchases not needing to use a pin with debit cards saves some time.

      • I’ve never had to show my ID when purchasing with my debit card. Plus my debit card works as a credit as well, so I don’t have to enter my pin either. Most stores do not require signatures anymore either, so it’s extremely quick for me.

      • Jay

        Well the ID was for Credit card only and it does depend on hoe much the purchase is. Apple Pay is significantly quicker lol.

      • What

        There’s no such thing as swiping anymore as credit cards now have a chip which makes the process more slow.

      • Incorrect, not all cards have the chips.

      • Jay

        I hate the chip, more secure? Thats questionable but you’re right it’s definitely slow as crap.

      • smtp25

        Visa Paywave awesome !

      • MMA Rules

        Everytime I see a store that uses Apple pay I say thank got because for me it’s a lot more convenient, cause you have to get your wallet out then swipe it, sometimes it doesn’t recognize it

      • Mike

        But you have to stop then look at the card machine to see if it accepts apple pay then you reach down in your pocket (kinda like getting the wallet) then take out your phone and turn the screen on (kinda like opening the wallet) and touch to phone to the machine (kinda like swiping the card).

      • MMA Rules

        Not on my experience

    • Michael Bemelmans

      Try using Apple Pay in Holland or Belgium, good luck with that….

    • Wilber Alexander Flores

      I live in Toronto and I’ve only seen 1 person pay with android and I think he was using the bank app to pay not even Samsung pay. But Apple Pay I see at least a couple people daily paying with it

  • Tan Choon Yong

    singapore had more people using apple pay than other platforms

  • AMB_07

    I really don’t understand why Samsung bothers to push Samsung Pay when Android Pay is right there, with greater compatibility and is currently expanding in more and more countries. I don’t think the mobile market needs more than Android Pay and Apple Pay.

    • Rowan09

      Because Google has it own platform as well. Samsung needs to man up and release Tizen after all these years of bragging about it.

      • AMB_07

        Tizen feels like a pet project more than a serious competitor to Android/iOS on the mobile market and Samsung seems to think so as well because they haven’t been serious enough with it.

      • Rowan09

        The number 1 selling Android device is made by Samsung. Tizen should be their answer to having to compete with Google on the same phones they are selling. You have Samsung Pay on an Android device that also has Google wallet.

      • Mike

        Your comment is dumb… The reason Samsung bothers to push Samsung Pay is because its a lot better than Apple Pay and Google Pay. How? Because it doesn’t only use NFC. If you go to a store and it has the old card reader that doesn’t support Apple or Google Pay you can still use Samsung Pay to pay. Which means mostly all the stores you go to you can pay with your phone.

      • Rowan09

        Explain why it’s dumb? If it’s so great why is not popular at all? My point is Samsung needs to worry about Google Wallet which is also on every Samsung device sold. Samsung doesn’t own the OS and I promise you more people use Google services over Samsung, they just own the phone.

      • Mike

        No duh… If you are using an Android phone which is Google’s OS then obviously more people are going to be using Google services over Samsung but that doesn’t mean they aren’t using Samsung services at all. Just because it isn’t popular doesn’t mean it’s not great… If you care more about how many people are using it over it’s function then there’s something wrong with. Why in the name of god would you say that a phone that only supports NFC is better than a phone that uses NFC + MST. Samsung doesn’t have to wrong about Google Wallet since Samsung Pay is only available on Samsung devices and most people if they have a brain will probably use Samsung Pay over Android Pay because you can use it almost everywhere unlike Android Pay and Apple Pay.

      • Rowan09

        The issue is people don’t go searching. People with Android devices for the most part that owns a Samsung device only use Google services. Did you ever try Samsung voice Assistant? It’s horrible and just because you can use Samsung Pay at stores doesn’t make it as secure which was actually found lately to be less secure than the other 2. Regardless Samsung Pay is in the background on their own devices, so to push it properly they need to just release a Tizen phone. Samsung Pay is competing with Google Wallet because it’s on the same device and people trust and use Google services over Samsung. I have a S7 Edge and never used the Samsung store once.

  • rockdude094

    Apples just being a lil bitch

    • Natalie

      Their devices, their rules. Probably just scared if people get a taste of samsung’s stuff and deiced that they want to switch.

      • Wilber Alexander Flores

        Their app might make iPhones explode

    • John

      Why? How…or is this an attempt at trolling to see which fanboy is going to take the bait?

    • Where’s your evidence of that? Personally I find the claim from ETNews that Apple probably banned it just to stifle competition to be blatant misrepresentation of facts. There is zero track record of Apple behaving like that and with all the competing apps on the app store offering alternatives to Apple’s software they obviously are not in the habit of running their store like this.

      In fact, as of iOS 10 Apple lets you uninstall core iOS apps and replace them with 3rd party ones. Don’t like Apple music? Go get yourself Amazon Prime music then. Don’t like the iBook Store? Go get yourself the Kindle App. etc. The point is, this claim is baseless.

      Finally as absolute proof that Apple doesn’t stifle competition in this way consider that there are also many 3rd party payment systems on the AppStore already such as Google Wallet that let users store credit cards and make NFC payments already. And it’s not just Google Wallet, there is also, Square Wallet, PayPal, Isis Mobile Wallet, and more. Just because the king of piracy and shameless theft had their app rejected doesn’t immediately imply that Apple is doing something evil and trying to crush competition…

      • rockdude094

        You must be fun at parties

  • Eliijah Moss

    I don’t think Apples’ decision was based off of competition or not. With recent events, I wouldn’t trust anything coming from them. Given, the recent events were experienced with hardware problems, but Apple is notorious for their security. They are probably taking extra measures just to be safe.

    • Rowan09

      I read a report earlier this month about Samsung pay not being really secure. If someone uses an iPhone with Samsung Pay and something happens, Apple will get all the blame. As I’ve stated before Samsung needs to man up and release Tizen because Google has its own wireless payment and it’s in competition with Samsung Pay.

      • Eliijah Moss

        Either way, people need to understand that this was a business choice. Nothing to do with being petty.

      • Rowan09

        Yeah but they won’t.