Samsung’s long-awaited push into the UK market for mobile payments is finally over. The world’s largest Smartphone maker faces stiff competition with launch of contactless system in UK. Samsung Pay was originally due to be launched last year, and after many delays the app will be available from the 17th May. You can download the app from the Google Play store and just like Android pay you add your preferred card, set up the security and confirm. Then your Samsung phone will work like a contactless payment card thanks to the NFC chip underneath the back panel.

The Samsung devices that will support the following models initially Galaxy S8/S8+, S7/S7 edge, S6/S6 edge and the mobile wallet is currently limited to only three banks — customers of Nationwide, Santander and MBNA can use the service.

The arrival of Samsung Pay gives consumers in the UK a greater variety in which they can make payments. The UK is already a strong market when it comes to contactless payments and the extensive payment infrastructure means that it is a strategic market for any company looking to launch mobile payments, it was introduced to India back in much to much acclaim.

It’s been quite a few months for Samsung, after the S8 was so well received by users. How popular do you think Samsung Pay will be? is it something you use? We’d love to know your thoughts.