If what we see on the Korean version of the Samsung Pay beta website is any indication, the electronics giant might indeed be preparing to launch a “mini” version of its mobile payment platform as well as the long-rumored AI character Bixby.

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Rumors indicating that Samsung might be launching Samsung Pay Mini have been around for quite some time now. Originally, it was thought to be an app specifically for online transactions: you would store your card information within the app and use it for online purchases, all protected by your fingerprint and/or a password, of course. The interesting part was that this app would store electronic receipts of your purchases as well and would work on any Android or iOS device. Unfortunately, we never really saw any more details emerge after that. Until now that is.

If you go on Samsung’s Korean Samsung Pay beta website, you will see that in the drop-down menu, there is an option for “Mini.” Although clicking that takes you to a generic Samsung Pay Terms and Conditions form, we can’t help but think that the launch of the rumored Samsung Pay Mini app is nearing. Online purchases only account for around 20 percent of transactions made on Samsung Pay as of now, so investing in this area might make sense for the company. Plus, if rumors are true, Samsung Pay Mini may come to PC and Mac computers in the future, which is something that I would love to see.

Plus, if rumors are true, Samsung Pay Mini may come to PC and Mac computers in the future.

Well, the surprise doesn’t end there. In the drop-down menu, we see another very familiar name, and that is Bixby. Back in November, we reported that Samsung had trademarked Bixby and Kestra, a male and a female voice assistant respectively. That’s following its acquisition of Viv, a start-up company whose creators made Siri. Rumor has it that the Galaxy S8 – like all the other upcoming smartphones this year ­– would heavily rely on AI and might even have a dedicated button for it.

While there have been reports indicating that Google is not happy with Bixby’s presence, it looks like Samsung may still ship its upcoming Galaxy S devices with its own virtual assistant on board. And if I had to guess, Bixby might be deeply integrated into Samsung’s payment platform – perhaps there’ll be finally someone to nag at me for spending too much money on stupid stuff, who knows!

At any rate, we are excited to see what Samsung has in store for us this year: whatever it is, I hope it doesn’t disappoint, considering the absence of its Note lineup last year. Are you excited for the Galaxy S8? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!

Brian Reigh
Brian Reigh is a contributor at Android Authority, covering all Android-related news and features. He has always been passionate about technology, especially mobile phones. He is a recent alum of Dartmouth College and is currently in law school.
  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    I bet Google is terrified that Samsung will come out with a Bixby/Kestra competitor to Google Home. I hope Samsung does that… I love my Echo, but competition is good. And despite all the nay-sayers, Samsung does software better than Google. That’s why it takes years for Google to provide features in stock Android that Samsung has already offered.

    • Agreed on certain points. I don’t think Samsung makes a better software experience, but they do make better software features. Until they own their own software/hardware, Google will won this.

      I prefer Samsung’s skin over the boring Google experience definitely. I love my Google home though and am interested in what Samsung will do in the AI space.

      • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

        Google is not a great software company. If Google is really serious about competing with its Android OEM partners starting with the Bezel, the OEMs will start looking for an alternative to Android. It could take a decade for anything to overtake Android, but Google should beware of ticking off its partners and tempting fate.

        Tizen has a lot of potential. There’s no way I’d switch to Tizen now, but I messed around with the Tizen Developer Kit, and there’s a lot of good stuff in there. The biggest obstacle to any competitor like Tizen is the app store.

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  • Zach Champion

    I’m excited for Bixby, but I really hope it’s good. I’ve had an Echo for a little while and while it’s speech to text is impressive, Alexa is really stupid when it comes to asking for information or conversation. As long as Google Now (or preferably, but pretty doubtfully Assistant) is an option, I’ll enjoy having it. I just really want it to be good or have an alternative.

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

      Alexa relies on skills to be more useful. Some people think it’s a pain to have to remember the skill name, but it hasn’t bothered me.

      For example, the allrecipes skill is very complicated, but I like that, because it has tons more depth than what you get from Google Home. Instead of giving me some default recipe, I can choose from hundreds, get details, put ingredients on the shopping list, etc. And it’s conversational.

  • sanilaS siuL

    heck yes! Better live up to the hype!

  • HotSauce GD

    AAaaaaandd they fixed it