Research: 3.4 billion smartphones will be ready for Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay by the end of 2017

1 mai 2017

The global expansion of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay will be a major factor driving the growth of mobile payments services, and attracting more entities to join the mobile payments market. According to IHS Markit press release, 3.4 billion smartphones will be ready for Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay by the end of 2017; this number will increase to 5.3 billion by 2021.

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„To reach these smartphones, Apple, Samsung and Android must strategically expand their mobile payments services and build partnerships with banks and financial institutions across many more markets.” says Ruomeng Wang, mobile and telecoms analyst at IHS Markit.

Integrating with international and local financial networks is the key to increasing service availability and user adoption. IHS Markit estimates by the end of the 2017, 10% of active smartphones globally will be compatible with Apple Pay, 55% with Android Pay, and 2% with Samsung Pay (which overlaps with Android Pay, as Android Pay is also available on Samsung smartphones).

“Apple and Samsung are leading the global expansion of device-based mobile payments services. Despite Apple Pay having a 10-month head start on Samsung Pay, Samsung has been catching up with Apple in terms of total available markets.” the report say.

“Compared to Apple and Google, Samsung doesn’t have the same level of content, app platforms or web browsers designed to keep customers engaged,” Wang added. “In order to tie customers to Samsung’s ecosystem, Samsung must actively expand Samsung Pay’s support for online retail.”

Apple Pay is currently available in a total of 15 global markets, Android Pay is present in 10 markets and Samsung Pay’s recent entrance into four new countries brings its global presence to 16 markets, including its early access launches in Hong Kong and Switzerland.

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Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”


In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale in 2020?