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Next Samsung Gear smartwatch could support Samsung Pay

Next Samsung Gear smartwatch could support Samsung Pay
Next Samsung Gear smartwatch could support Samsung Pay
Samsung may introduce a new Gear smartwatch alongside the Note 5 on August 13.

Although Samsung was one of the very first manufacturers to launch a smartwatch, the South Korean company has been quiet lately on new models or potential updates. After the announcement of the Unpacked event next month in NYC, however, rumors are pouring in about a new smartwatch from the company.

The information should be taken with a grain of salt, of course, but the supposed smartwatch has been in development under the name "Gear A". Furthermore, a Samsung Development Kit from a few months ago hinted at a device with a round display. The smartwatch would integrate Samsung Pay for point-of-sale transactions via magnetic strip readers, which could circumvent NFC technology used for Apple Pay and Android Pay altogether.

The exact date on when Samsung Pay will become live is currently unknown. However, Samsung had announced plans for a summer 2015 launch when the company revealed the Galaxy S6.

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Sebastian Schneider/ Allen Ngo, 2015-07-29 (Update: 2015-07-29)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.