Samsung started the official rolling out of Android 7.0 Nougat for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners slightly over a week ago, but those who were part of the beta-testing program started receiving the same treat a week earlier, around January 12.
Even though Android 7.0 Nougat OTA is currently rolling out, not all S7 and S7 Edge users across the globe have already received the OS. In fact, the update is slowly spreading its wings to other regions other than South Korea and the U.S., which means that it may take a few weeks before every S7 user actually gets it.
Lucky are those who live in India as reports just coming in claim that the update has begun hitting Galaxy S7 handsets in this region. In addition to bringing the new Android 7.0 Nougat OS, this update also packs another great feature from the South Korean tech giant – the Samsung Pay app.
Samsung Pay is a mobile payment service that only works with select Samsung phones. First launched in August 2015, the service has only managed to reach a handful of markets, but Samsung wants it in India in the coming days, if at all this Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge update to Android 7.0 Nougat is anything to go by. It was rumored that Samsung Pay will be open to Indians in early 2017, but there was no mention of specific dates.
Once the new Android 7.0 Nougat update has finished installing on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, a reboot is required. When the phones restart, users are greeted with a message that says “The future of payment is coming soon!” Despite the fact that this service is not yet fully functional in India, this teaser is enough to confirm that Samsung Pay will soon be announced in the country.
Like other mobile payment systems such as Google Pay and Apple Pay, Samsung Pay relies on the availability of an NFC chip on a phone or any mobile device as well as a supported POS. The good thing with Samsung Pay, when compared to its competitors, is that it also adds support for MST, which means that it can also be used in stores that support traditional credit and debit cards.
Ever since demonetization of currency started in India somewhere in November 2016, mobile payments have been the go-to platforms for many locals. Samsung doesn’t want to be left behind either. Once launched, those using the Galaxy S6 series, Galaxy Note 5 as well as Gear S2/S3 smartwatches should also be joining the party. Samsung is also expected to add support for this mobile payment system to its upcoming midrange and entry-level phones.