Samsung has formally announced the availability of Samsung Wallet in India. Although Samsung Pay was upgraded to Samsung Wallet earlier this year, the company is only now announcing the merger of Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass in the country. This new service allows users to store their bank cards, ID cards, tickets, and a lot more.
Samsung Wallet can store credit and debit cards, and those cards can be used to make payments via Tap & Pay at PoS (Point of Sale) machines in India. For mobile payments, Samsung Wallet also supports India's UPI system. The app can also store digital ID cards and certificates, including Aadhar cards, driving licenses, PAN cards, and vehicle registration certificates (RC Cards). Samsung says the app can also store 2,000 other documents and ID cards. Users can also buy gift cards and coupons from Samsung Wallet.
Users can also link their FASTag account via Samsung Wallet to check their available balance and recharge their account. On top of all these features, Samsung Wallet allows users to import boarding passes for flights and train tickets by importing the PDF file or scanning the QR code. Most of these new India-specific features have been developed by the Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore (SRI-B).
Another important Samsung Wallet feature is the ability to store credentials for logging into apps and websites. The data stored in the app is protected using biometric authentication (fingerprint or iris scanner) and is backed by Samsung Knox. If the smartphone is lost, Samsung Wallet can be remotely disabled so that it can't be accessed by an unidentified person.