Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

LG Pay arrives in United States but only works with LG G8

LG Pay arrives in United States but only works with LG G8

Better late than never-that would be LG Pay now landing on us shores after launching in South Korea in 2017.

Eventually, it will be compatible with LG V50 ThinQ 5G, LG V40 ThinQ, LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ.

WMC enables phones to generate wireless magnetic data pulses that can be transmitted over-the-air to traditional magnetic stripe readers and was developed by US-based Dynamics Inc. The feature has been around for more than four years with Samsung Pay and has been a selling point for the app but not for long.

Users will also be able to store their loyalty cards in the app and the company has also partnered with Swych, a digital gifting platform that makes it easier to manage and exchange gift cards for different retailers and restaurants. LG Pay "is always ready, even if the phone is asleep or you're using another app", the company says. The latter protocol means that older POS terminals that still only take card swiping will accept LG Pay. This helps if the person you sent a gift card to isn't a fan of the store you selected. Better yet is the inclusion of a cash back rewards program called LG Pay Perks. A year since it was first announced, LG Pay is finally coming to the USA but it will only be available on one phone for now.

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Moreover on the woke-moji side, Apple is also now allowing users a choice for the skin tones of the family and couple emojis. Apple says it had proposed the new emojis to the Unicode Consortium last year and these were approved earlier this year.

Basically, G Pay is an alternative to Google Pay and Samsung Pay, made specifically for LG devices and LG customers.

The app will support both Mastercard and Visa credit card from the banks mentioned above, however, it won't allow withdrawing cast from the ATMs.

Future LG flagship smartphones will also support the new platform.

Several leading banks and other financial institutions will be supported at launch, including JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, Region's Bank, State Employees' Credit Union in North Carolina, US Bank and Virginia Credit Union, with more banks scheduled to join later this year, according to LG.

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