It looks like Samsung Pay won’t roll out for the Samsung Gear S2 until 2016. That means that owners of the Tizen smartwatch won’t be paying with their wrists for a while yet.
Announced in March, the service launched on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones in November but it still hasn’t made it to the NFC Gear S2 as promised. Now, via the Samsung US Twitter account, we have confirmation that Samsung Pay is delayed from a November release to 2016. We don’t have an exact rollout date or even a month yet.
— Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) November 29, 2015
The reason for the delay is unknown, though we imagine the company is not willing to rush this thing out. They want to make sure everything is in tip-top shape in terms of security, for starters. They’re probably also making sure they polish the fine details on implementation, especially considering they’re doing some cutting edge stuff like using heart rate monitorization to improve authentication methods.
The only thing we can do right now is hope the wait won’t be too long. Samsung surely doesn’t have a reason to drag their feet on it, so it’s our hope that we’ll see the functionality arrive sooner than later.