When Samsung revealed the Galaxy S22 lineup last February, it sneakily announced a plan to combine Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass into one app. It’s an obvious and overdue move, but starting today, Galaxy owners in the US, UK, and parts of Europe can use the new Samsung Wallet.
If that name sounds familiar, that’s because the original Samsung Wallet launched almost a decade ago. It was phased out and replaced by the more ambitious Samsung Pay in 2015 (or 2016 in some regions).
Killing Wallet wasn’t a popular move in 2015, but it made sense. Unfortunately, Samsung backed into a corner with the “Pay” brand. The company began including passwords, biometrics, digital car keys and other forms of identification in the Samsung Pass app. Many people would like to keep this information with their credit cards and airline boarding passes!
Wait, why weren’t boarding passes stored in Samsung Pass? I guess it doesn’t matter, because the new Samsung Wallet puts all these things in one place. It also has some cool features, including SmartThings integration, a handy quick access dashboard, and cryptocurrency monitoring.
Samsung says Wallet is available today, though we don’t see it on Google Play or the Galaxy Store. The app is currently exclusive to the US, UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, and France.