Samsung and Apple may go head to head in the growing mobile market
In the race for dominance in the mobile commerce field, Samsung is beginning to catch up to Apple. Google, Samsung, and Apple have all established a foothold in the mobile payments field with their relatively new services. These services make it possible for consumers to pay for products using their mobile devices, both online and in physical stores. Mobile payments services are growing in popularity, especially in China, where both Samsung and Apple are currently vying for the favor of consumers in the competitive market.
Samsung Pay now has more than 5 million registered users
Samsung recently introduced its Samsung Pay service, which has already acquired a great deal of support from companies and consumers alike. According to Samsung, some 5 million people have already signed up for the service. Samsung Pay has processed more than $500 million transaction in the United States alone since launching in September of last year. The service is quickly closing in on Apple Pay, which has established a strong lead in the U.S.
Apple Pay still has a considerable lead over other services
Apple Pay has an estimated 12 million monthly users throughout the world, experiencing aggressive growth since its launch in October of 2014. The service recently launched in China following some resistance from Chinese banks and is expected to find some modest success. Many consumers have come to show support for Apple Pay because of its security features, which are also present in Samsung Pay and Google’s Google Pay service.
Innovative technology may help Samsung compete with others
While Apple currently holds the lead in the mobile payments space, Samsung is likely to catch up quickly due to the acquisitions it made last year. Samsung acquired LoopPay in 2015, whose technology mimics the magnetic stripes found on most conventional payment cards. This has made Samsung Pay more accessible to a wide range of consumers. Backed by this technology, Samsung may be able to establish a very powerful position in the mobile commerce market, which is expected to reach $142 billion by 2019, according to Forrester Research.