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Samsung Pay Mini and Bixby spotted online

Samsung Pay Mini and Bixby reference on official Samsung Pay webpage
Samsung Pay Mini and Bixby reference
Although it looks like this was not intended, Samsung might have just confirmed the Bixby voice assistant and the Pay Mini service, as both have been spotted on an official Samsung Pay beta page.

Samsung Pay Mini and Bixby are not official yet, at least in theory. On the other hand, both surfaced on the beta page for the new Samsung Pay, so they can be considered official, next to the Shopping app/service that also can be spotted between them.

The page mentioned above shows a Galaxy flagship asking for a fingerprint authentication, while the drop down menu at the bottom has just the three options we talked about earlier - Shopping, Mini, and Bixby. A Sign in button leads to a Samsung Account page where users can manage their subscription.

Samsung Pay Mini is expected to come as an app for Android first, but rumors also mention the possibility to see it reaching PCs and Macs in the future as well. Strange enough, the male Bixby assistant is expected to come next to Kestra, a similar assistant that uses a female voice, but Kestra is not present in the Samsung Pay beta page we have under the scope today.

Upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship is rumored to launch with Bixby/Kestra pre-loaded, and the assistant is expected to offer full support for native apps. However, Samsung Pay might arrive first, and it would not be a complete surprise to see it become official later this month. 


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-10 (Update: 2017-01-10)