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Samsung Pay now available to American Express cardholders in the UK

Samsung Pay now available to American Express cardholders

As of October 19th 2017, Samsung Pay is now available to American Express cardholders in the UK. This comes as the second addition to Samsung Pay over the past few months, with support for cards issued by the Co-operative Bank added in September. In addition to American Express and Co-op, Samsung Pay supports Visa and Mastercard as well as cards issued by First direct, HSBC, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide and Santander.

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While owners of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (please click here for the full review) or the S8/S8+ can take advantage of iris scanner technology to authorise payments, providing a new level of biometric security. You can also set up a card as a ‘transport card’ to use on TfL services. This option means you don’t even need to wake your phone or verify with a fingerprint, iris scanner or PIN – simply touch the middle section of your phone against the card reader.

It’s rumoured that Samsung is planning to roll out the service to other phones lower down it’s range. This previously might have been problematic, due to the need for a fingerprint or iris scanner to authorise payments, but you can now alternatively use a registered passcode. There are also plans for Samsung Pay Mini app which will work with other Android devices, however the UK release date is yet to be known.

Will Samsung release a foldable smartphone?

Will Samsung release a foldable smartphone?

After six years of trial and error, Samsung, could be the first company to commercially launch a ‘foldable phone’. In 2011, Samsung’s prototype was able to remain intact after a whopping 100,000 folds with only a 6% drop in brightness at centre (where all the folding happened), however various manufacturing issues prevented the real deal – until now.

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Rumour has it, the South Korean multinational giant could be releasing two new devices, known as the ‘Samsung Galaxy X’ series at the CES consumer technology show in January, 2018. The devices will have a foldable 4K display, so that the resolution will remain high even when the phone is folded. Supposedly, one version will fold from a 5″ handset to an 8″ tablet, while the second version will fold in half to become more compact. Below is a video of Samsung’s futuristic ambitions:

Further whispers suggest that the foldable devices will initially be released in Korea to see demand levels for a flexible phone. Hopefully Samsung’s latest venture won’t go down in flames…

Samsung unveils Note 8 phablet

Samsung unveils Note 8 phablet

Design

The handset sports a 6.3in Super AMOLED Infinity Display, complete with curved edges; it’s essentially very similar to the Galaxy S8+ but 0.1in bigger. However, this does mean the S Pen has the largest screen yet to play with. Better yet, the Note and the S Pen are water and dust resistance (IP685) allowing you to write even when the device is wet.

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Features

Following in Apple and Nokia’s footsteps, Samsung’s Note 8 features a dual camera lens as seen in the iPhone 7 Plus and Nokia 8. It has two 12MP rear cameras, allowing you to create depth effects and zoom further. When it comes to power, the Note 8 supports the most advanced wireless charging capabilities yet, so you can get a quick, convenient charge without having to mess around with ports or wires. An ideal business phablet, Samsung has upped the security on the Note 8.

Iris Scanner

Offering a choice of biometric authentication options, including both fingerprint and iris scanning. While Samsung Knox7 provides defense-grade security at the hardware and software layers and with Secure Folder, keeps your personal and professional data separate. Finally, Samsung ‘DeX’ enables a desktop experience, powered by your phone. This means you can keep files on your device, conduct work on the go, and use Samsung DeX when you need an even bigger screen. The Note 8 also includes Bixby8, Samsung’s virtual assistant, that learns from you, improves over time and boosts your productivity.

Key specs

  • 6.3″ display
  • 12MP dual pixel sensor
  • Wireless charging
  • Dual SIM
  • Expandable memory
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Biometric authentication
  • Android 7.0
  • 6GB RAM

How to pre-order

To pre-order your Samsung Note 8 and find out information on pay monthly and SIM free price plans, please get in touch with your account manager on 01252 854352 or email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk, we are always more than happy to help.

How to set up Samsung Find My Phone

How to set up Samsung Find My Phone

Samsung Find My Phone takes a few minutes to set up and will allow you to remotely lock your device, block access to Samsung Pay and even wipe data from your device in the unfortunate case that it is lost or stolen.

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1) Head to your settings via the homescreen

2) Tap the ‘Lock screen and security’ icon

3) Go to ‘Find My Mobile’

4) Tap ‘Samsung account’

5) Enter your Samsung account details

How it works

Once set up, you’ll be able to use Find My Phone to locate your device and make your phone ring at its maximum volume if it’s nearby. While you’re on the hunt, you can remotely lock the screen to automatically lock Samsung Pay as well as the power button, and check the call logs for up to 50 missed calls.

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Better yet, you can even set a notification so when someone changes the SIM card on your lost device, you can find out the new number at the Find My Mobile website. You can also register a family member, colleague or friend as a ‘guardian’ at Find My Mobile, allowing them to locate your device, make your phone ring and activate Emergency mode.

At CMM we offer a free service which includes being able to lock and wipe devices, as well as an Enterprise version for ultimate control and security of your business mobiles – with a free 14 day trial available. Click here to find out more.

Samsung Pay now available in the UK

Samsung Pay now available in the UK

As of May 16th, Samsung users will be pleased to know Samsung Pay is now available as a contactless mobile payment service in the UK – a year after the release of Google’s Android Pay and two years behind Apple Pay.

Compatible devices

Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy A3 & Galaxy A5 (2017) and the J series (2017).

Credit and Debit cards

MasterCard or Visa Cards by mbna, Nationwide, HSBC, First Direct, M&S Bank or Santander can be added to the Pay feature, with Samsung due to partner with more banks and building societies in the future. Up to 10 payment cards can be uploaded and you’ll be able to choose and change your default card as you wish.

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You can also upload up to 300 loyalty cards at selected merchants in the UK allowing you to accumulate and redeem points. And you can set up a card as a ‘transport card’ to use on TfL (Transport for London) services. Included services are the Tube, London Buses, London Trams, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services in London. With the transport card you can simply touch the middle section of your phone against the card reader without the need to wake your device or verify with a fingerprint, iris scanner or PIN. Not only will this give you a shortcut when you’re running late for your train but it’s also covered by the same fraud protection that your bank gives your credit and debit cards so you can pay confidently even without the verification process.

Security features

When it comes to other cards you’ll be able to authenticate transactions by your fingerprint, pin number or iris scanner. In the unfortunate case that your device is lost or stolen, you’ll be able to remotely lock or erase your Samsung Pay account with Find My Mobile. Samsung’s Knox technology is also in place to constantly monitor your phone ensuring your information is safe, while tokenization creates a unique randomised set of numbers at each new transaction so your real card number is never used from your phone.

How to use Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay can be downloaded from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store. Once you’ve signed into your account, you’ll go through the security authentication process – scanning your fingerprint or iris and entering a pin. To add your cards you’ll need to snap a picture and provide your signature where necessary then you’re ready to use the new service virtually anywhere you can tap your contactless card – however it’s worth noting a limit of £30 may apply depending on merchant policies. As long as you have an internet connection you’ll receive a push notification to your phone after each transaction so you can keep track of all your transactions – you can also do so via the app for each card by tapping on it.

How to use Samsung Screen Mirroring

How to use Samsung Screen Mirroring

Screen mirroring gives you the ability to mirror your Samsung device’s content to your TV screen. Follow our quick guide below to open the connection for screen mirroring on both your Samsung smartphone or tablet and your TV.

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Getting started

Older Samsung devices or those running on operating systems before Android 4.1.12 may not feature Screen Mirroring. To check, pull down the extended notification menu from your home screen to see if your device has the ‘Screen Mirroring’ or ‘Smart View’ function. If your device does not have the feature, you can still connect via Quick Connect.

Compatible devices

Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S III , Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Camera,  Samsung 8” Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1”, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1″ 2014 Edition.

Preparing your Samsung TV

Method 1:

1) Press the Source button your remote

2) Navigate to the Screen Mirroring source

3) Your TV will now display a screen informing you that it is waiting for your device to be connected. The screen will be displayed until your device is connected. We recommend you have your device on hand as the scan will time out if you haven’t connected your device within 2 minutes.

Method 2:

1) Select Menu on your remote

2) Scroll down to Network & press Select

3) Scroll down to Screen Mirroring and press Select

Preparing your Samsung smartphone

1) Pull down the extended notification menu from your home screen

2) Tap Screen Mirroring

3) Your device will starting scanning for TV’s and other devices that can be used for mirroring. Tap the TV/device that you wish to connect to.

Why use Screen Mirroring?

  • You’ll be able to show pictures stored on your tablet or smartphone, offering easy viewing for larger audiences, whether that be colleagues, family or friends.
  • Watch videos directly from your external device or from apps.
  • Enjoy better sound by playing music through your TV’s speakers instead of your external device’s.