Up Bank pushes ahead with payment plans, adds Samsung Pay
Another item checked off on the bank's public product roadmap.
Up Bank has announced that customers are now able to pay with Samsung Pay, adding to the digital bank's list of supported payment options. Customers of the digital bank, which launched in October 2018, are now able to pay with Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Garmin Pay and Fitbit Pay on any device the mobile wallet is available.
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The announcement will not come as too much of a surprise though, as, in a similar style to the UK's challenger banks, Up Bank has published its full product roadmap. The plan to enable Samsung Pay is listed as next up on the roadmap in order for other "card" projects, such as virtual cards, to be completed.
Another plan on the digital bank's roadmap which will be welcome by Google customers is instant provisioning. Currently, iPhone users that sign up with Up Bank can start using Apple Pay instantly before their card arrives by creating a virtual card in Apple Pay. This function is currently not available with Google Pay but is in the roadmap.
Other Australian neobanks have also been staggered in their rollout between devices. Xinja, for example, was only available on iPhone when it launched its prepaid card and app in March 2018, following up with an Android version in December.
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