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By Garg Ankit
Samsung Pay launching in Germany, works with almost every bank account
by Garg Ankit
Owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, cashless transactions are the need of the hour. Samsung has decided to expand its mobile payment platform for users in Germany. The South Korean firm has partnered with Visa and banking-as-a-service platform Solarisbank AG.
The most noticeable feature Samsung is providing to Germans is the capability to use Samsung Pay with almost any German bank account. Instead of relying on a specific bank, or a set of banks, Samsung has partnered with Visa who will issue a virtual debit card to users who sign up. It can then be linked to almost any bank in Germany, which is a first-of-its-kind implementation for a mobile payment platform. The full banking license for Samsung Pay and visa debit virtual card is provided by Solarisbank AG, who are following a convenient KYC (know your customer) process that doesn't require an in-person branch visit or a video identification.
It is the first time Visa is providing such a service in Europe. The novel approach will certainly help Samsung gain edge over the competition, including Apple and Google, who follow the traditional approach of roping in as many banks as possible in the countries they operate, which in turn means limited availability of the service.
Samsung Pay is starting as an open beta service, which can be availed by registering here, though the list of supported smartphones is limited. Only flagships from Note series, Z series, and S series (starting with Galaxy S10) are supported, while the small print notes that Galaxy S10 Lite and Note10 Lite are not supported. The service will be generally available from October 28.
By Namerah S
German Samsung Galaxy M51 page goes live, EU price and specs revealed
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
A few days ago, Samsung confirmed the existence of its upcoming smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy M51, by teasing the mid-ranger on Amazon India. This offered a pretty good look at the phone and also divulged some of key its features. A promotional picture with the caption "Meanest Monster Ever" has a footnote underneath stating that the smartphone is coming soon. Based on this teaser, it was assumed that the Galaxy M51 would initially debut in India.
This notion was contradicted by today's proceedings when the listing for the Galaxy M51 appeared on the official Samsung Germany website. It seems that customers located in that region can now pre-order the phone. Apart from revealing the price of the Galaxy handset, the page also disclosed the complete technical specifications of the phone including the camera details which were previously unknown.
Image via Samsung Deutschland As seen in the image above, the previous suspicions about a quad-camera setup were accurate. The Samsung Galaxy M51's main camera will comprise of a 64MP main lens, a 12MP ultra wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro lens and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, a 32 MP selfie snapper will be housed in a punch-hole cutout. Unfortunately, the chipset is not specified except for the fact that it will be an octa-core processor.
The phone will be available with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage, expandable to 512GB via microSD. Other details include a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display, a gigantic 7000mAh battery with 25W fast charging, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and Samsung Knox security. It will run OneUI out the box, most likely the latest version based on Android 10.
Samsung Galaxy M51 will be available in two colors: Black and White. Currently, the online Samsung store for Germany shows the price of the unreleased device as €360.01. Pre-orders seem to be open and those who are interested may do so on the Samsung Germany website.
Facebook to bring News tab to more countries soon
by Paul Hill
Facebook has announced that it’s accelerating its plans to expand its News tab to more countries in the next six months to a year. The new areas which Facebook News could serve include the U.K., Germany, France, India, and Brazil but it is still considering its options. The company said that it will pay news publishers to include their content in the News tab.
According to the social media giant, Facebook News takes time to enter new markets because consumer habits and news inventories differ in different areas. In the aforementioned countries, Facebook is going to work closely with publishers in a way that honours their business models and delivers a valuable experience for users.
While Facebook is now looking to bring its product to other countries, it still plans to develop Facebook News in the United States where it has already launched. The firm said:
With a lot of people getting their information from social media and these new tools allowing for the quick spread of information, it’s important for social media firms to have a tool akin to Facebook News so that people can get legitimate information.
German National ID app coming to Samsung phones this year
by Paul Hill
Samsung has announced that it has been working with the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Bundesdruckerei (bdr), and Deutsche Telekom Security GmbH to make Germany’s National electronic ID available on several Samsung Galaxy smartphones. It said the new eID solution will be available to Germans later this year.
According to the Korean firm, the organisations have developed a hardware-based security architecture that allows German citizens to carry their eID on their mobile devices securely. Samsung says that once a person enrols, their eID is transferred to a secure location on their phone. The implementation follows strict security requirements laid out by the federal government.
Discussing the implementation, Dr. Stefan Hofschen, CEO of Bundesdruckerei, said:
The first devices which will support this feature will be the Samsung Galaxy S20 line-up. The firm said this initiative is only just beginning, in future iterations users will be able to remotely verify their identity to access and send confidential medical records, open a bank account, and vote using their smartphone.
Germans will be able to begin using the app later this year once Bundesdruckerei has published the app on the Play Store. Owners of the Galaxy S20 and other compatible devices will then be able to use NFC to add their National ID card to their phone.
Germany launches coronavirus contact tracing app
by Paul Hill
Germany has become the latest country to launch a coronavirus contact tracing app. The government has begun asking the public to download the new app so that authorities have a better chance of stemming the rate of infection. The new ‘Corona-Warn-App’ is available for Android and Apple devices and is built using the decentralised method that leverages the Apple-Google Bluetooth API.
At the app’s launch event, Health Minister Jens Spahn is reported as having said:
An important detail to note is that the contact tracing efforts being done by governments around the world do not solely rely on contact tracing apps. While they’re very important for informing those who have been near you that they could be infected with COVID-19, contact tracing can still be performed in a more limited fashion by asking those who have tested positive where they have been recently and who they’ve been in contact with, these people can then be contacted.
Within the European Union, several countries have launched decentralised contact tracing apps including Italy, Poland, Latvia, and today, Germany. According to Reuters, just as the Germans were announcing their app, EU members agreed technical standards for national apps so that they can interact with each other, this will allow contact tracing to work across borders.