Huawei Pay, a Huawei payment service built to rival Samsung Pay or Google Pay, is making its first foray outside its homeland China. The destination – Russia. In an announcement published on the Huawei blog, the company says that as of now, Russians that use the UnionPay card from either Gazprombank or Russian Agricultural Bank will be among the first outside China to experience the new mobile payment system.
Huawei calls it an “important milestone” that “lays a solid foundation for a broader global layout in the future”. Huawei hopes that its mobile devices, which are being sold all over the world, will contribute to the easier and faster global deployment of the new service.
Huawei Pay is expected to go live in Russia in the first quarter of 2019. No exact dates are available as of now, but those who are interested are invited to visit the Huawei AppGallery and install the Wallet app.
At the moment these are the supported devices: Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 RS Porche Design, P20, P20 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, Honor 10, Honor V10 and Honor 9.
According to Statista, mobile payment options are gaining traction worldwide. “Due to the near universal presence of mobile devices, it comes as no surprise that adoption of mobile payment solutions is increasing worldwide and is driving growth in non-cash transactions,” its report states.
Global growth of mobile international payment services are fuelled mostly by increasing mobile consumer and P2P payments.
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