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Samsung Pay may charge Fees for Transactions to compete with Apple Pay

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Samsung Pay, the popular mobile payment platform, may soon start charging a fee to its users to compete with its rival, Apple Pay. Samsung Pay has been gaining popularity in recent years thanks to its wide range of compatibility with Galaxy devices and its ability to work with NFC and MST technologies.

The company is reportedly considering charging users a fee for its services in Korea, which could help it generate additional revenue while differentiating itself from Apple Pay. But will Samsung’s decision to start charging a fee impact the loyalty of its current users, or will it succeed in attracting new ones? Only time will tell.

Apple and Samsung Electronics are rumored to impose payment fees on them, and many other payment service providers, including Naver Pay and Kakao Pay, are expected to follow suit as a new revenue model, according to the financial authorities who recently stated that Apple Pay fees of 0.1 percent to 0.15 percent could be imposed on not only customers and businesses but also credit card companies.

Samsung Electronics has not yet commented on the situation. Samsung Pay, which was introduced in August 2015 and had more than 16 million users and a total transaction volume of almost 182 trillion won, is presently the biggest digital card payment service in South Korea.

As per the report – “Samsung Electronics has run the free service in order to increase and retain Galaxy smartphone users, but Apple Pay is changing the market, and Samsung Electronics may consider charging,”


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Android Auto 12.1 Beta Released and Ready for Download

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Android Auto is one of the unique services from Google that aims to provide utility features of smartphones to the car display. With this capability, the company is successful in making its presence in the automobile industry. However, due to some internal issues, Android Auto isn’t as appreciated as it should be, but now, with frequent updates, the company is making it more useful and convenient for users. Now, with the latest development, the company is introducing a new beta update for devices.

Android Auto 12.1 beta: what’s new? 

Following the same sequence, Android Auto is now getting a new 12.1 beta update. With the latest update, the company hasn’t provided a new changelog, which may indicate that it may not provide any significant changes for the application. However, in the recent I/O 2024 event, Google announced some new changes that will provide new capabilities like gaming and more compatible applications in the future, so it is possible that Google has already started working on it and you may see some enhancements for it.

How do I install the new beta update?

To install the latest update, you need to enroll in the beta program. To do that, simply go to the Play Store and search for Android Auto or directly tap on this link. Here,  tap on the join button. Once you register, you will immediately receive a new update. Install it and enjoy all the new features and improvements.

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Samsung Defends Bixby and Galaxy Buds Patents Successfully in the USA

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Samsung has won a lawsuit in the US in opposition to a former employee who charged them with copying technology for Bixby and Galaxy Buds. The ex-employee used to lead Samsung’s patent team in their fights against Apple. 

The report says a US court has rejected a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics. This lawsuit was filed by a patent management firm named Synergy IP Pte. and Statern Tekiya LLC. Synergy IP Pte was brought into being by Ahn Seung-ho, a former senior Samsung Electronics employee who oversaw several audio and voice-related patents while he worked as Samsung’s head of the intellectual property center for over a decade. 

Back in 2020, he left Samsung Electronics. After leaving the firm, Ahn Seung-ho sued their former employer in 2021, claiming that the brand violated ten patents owned by an audio firm called Statern. It was claimed that Samsung Electronics unfairly used Statern’s audio technologies to develop Bixby, Galaxy Buds, and other audio devices. 

Four more patent lawsuits were filed against Samsung in 2022. However, fortunately, the court dismissed the first lawsuit against Samsung and stated that there was no need to judge whether the patents were infringed as the lawsuit itself could not be established. 

If the report is to be believed, personal Ahn Seung-ho stole confidential information on Statern from the Korean giant with the help of the brand’s trade sector official, his former subordinate. That information was used to file a patent failure to observe lawsuit against Samsung. The US court also stated that Ahn Seung-ho caused irreparable damage to Samsung Electronics by filing the lawsuit in his favor, using his position as a lawyer and the company’s internal confidential information.

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Samsung Galaxy S23’s May Security Patch Cause Unknown Error on Google Wallet

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Samsung has delivered this month’s May 2024 security patch for the Galaxy S23 device. Now, users of the device from several regions are reporting that after installing the patch, their Google Wallet isn’t working seamlessly. 

A couple of days ago, Google officially released a statement saying that from June 10th, Google Wallet will only be compatible with devices that at least run on Android 9 or above. Now the report is saying that Samsung’s flagship device, the Galaxy S23, users are facing issues while using Google Wallet. 

A recent report suggest that a lot of Samsung Galaxy S23 users have reported through the Korean manufacturer’s community forums that, after installing the May 2024 security patch, they cannot use the Google Wallet seamlessly and flawlessly as before. These users have claimed that right after downloading the latest Android security patch, the Google Wallet app displays an unknown error message indicating that the phone does not meet the required security standards, causing them to be unable to make contactless payments. 

Galaxy S23 users are not even able to access the cards that were linked to the platform. Noticeably, a huge percentage of reports come from Galaxy S23 users belonging to Europe; however, this issue has also been detected in other regions, including Australia, the US, or the United Arab Emirates, and other devices like the Galaxy S22 or the Pixel 8 Pro. 

If you are going through this inconvenient issue, here’s a temporary solution. You can uninstall the application updates in the Google Play Store. This will help you in a way; the error message will still appear in the app, but it will let you make payments with it again.

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