Samsung Electronics has announced the launch of Samsung Wallet, a new platform that allows Galaxy users to store digital keys, boarding passes, identification cards, and other items in a single, simple, and secure mobile application.
Samsung Wallet is safeguarded by Samsung Knox’s defense-grade security and leverages an open Galaxy ecosystem by connecting with Samsung Blockchain Wallet to effortlessly 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, EVP and Head of Digital Life, MX Business at Samsung Electronics. “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 will include Samsung Pass capability, which securely stores passwords and allows users to quickly and effortlessly log into apps and services. It also allows users to rapidly manage their digital asset portfolio by displaying the value of their cryptocurrencies across many exchanges in one spot.
Later this year, Samsung Wallet will enable official IDs such mobile driver’s licenses and student IDs.
Samsung Wallet also supports digital automobile keys for select BMW, Genesis, and Hyundai models, allowing users to lock and unlock vehicles and start engines.
Furthermore, Samsung’s partnership with Korean Air allows Korean Air boarding passes to be stored in Samsung Wallet for easy access, making boarding a flight simple and convenient.
Samsung Wallet is now available in the United States, the United Kingdom, and parts of Europe for Galaxy phones with Samsung Pay running Android 9 or later. However, not all capabilities will be available on all phones – certain digital car keys require UWB short-range communication, while others require a phone with Samsung’s eSE security technology.