Root Samsung's S6 at your own payments peril, report warns

Root Samsung’s S6 at your own payments peril, report warns

22 APR 2015

If users root the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge they will break the smartphone’s forthcoming payment feature, according to Phandroid.

Rooting, or jailbreaking, is favoured by some Android enthusiasts looking to customise their phones, but the action will disable an eagerly awaited feature of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge – Samsung Pay.

The Korean vendor is hoping its payment service will outflank the efforts of arch rival Apple Pay, which launched at the end of 2014.

Unlike its rival, which only works at NFC-based terminals, Samsung Pay will leverage existing payments infrastructure through its use of Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology.

However, users will be unable to take advantage of this feature if they tamper with their phones. Samsung Pay is so heavily integrated into the handset’s security that rooting the device would compromise the feature too. The payment service is due to launch this summer.

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Richard Handford

Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including...

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