Samsung Pay extends global reach with China launch
Samsung Pay has become available in China, extending the electronics manufacturer’s mobile payments global reach as it gears up for a UK launch.
The South Korean tech firm has partnered with China-based vendor UnionPay to launch the service, which will allow Chinese consumers to use their smartphones to pay for items in-store.
Samsung’s move follows Apple Pay’s launch into China, also through a partnership with UnionPay, with both competing with China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Alipay, the mobile payment market leader in the country.
Other players include a payment system available on Tencent’s WeChat, while Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei launched its own service earlier this month.
Samsung Pay is currently available in South Korea, the US, and now China. It is understood that Samsung plans to launch the service in the UK later this year.
VW reputation takes another hit with US Golf recall
Volkswagen’s reputation has suffered a further blow after last year’s emissions scandal, with the German automotive giant forced to recall around 5,600 e-Golfs sold since 2014 over concerns that a fault could cause engines to cut out.
The company said that it was recalling all e-Golfs sold in the US since 2014 because a software glitch in the car’s computer could cause the engine to stall. Once returned to dealers, the cars will be given a software update to eliminate the problem.
The product recall is a further blow to VW's reputation. It has faced lawsuits and widespread condemnation after it was found out in September that it had rigged emissions data to cheat US tests, letting its cars produce up to 40 times more pollution than permitted.
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