April 11, 2014 -
Starting today, PayPal customers in 25 countries with Samsung S5 smartphones can log in to the payment system using their fingerprint.
Following PayPal and Samsung’s joint announcement in February, today’s news is the first sign of the new integration, which will ultimately see people using fingerprints to make payments through PayPal and other partner ecommerce sites.
In case you missed it, Samsung introduced its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5 earlier this year and it features an embedded fingerprint swipe sensor in the device’s home button.
PayPal has also debuted its app for Samsung’s Gear 2 and Gear Fit wearable devices.
This particular integration and partnership between PayPal and Samsung is an interesting development because it is in stark contrast to Apple’s strict handling of the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S. Though it came to market first, the Apple device only allows users to unlock the phone and authorize purchases in iTunes.