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LG Electronics releases mobile payment tool

June 2, 2017 - 10:13 By a2017001

LG Electronics Inc. on Friday announced the official release of its own mobile payment tool in South Korea comparable to Samsung Electronics Co.'s Samsung Pay.

LG Electronics said LG Pay, based on the Wireless Magnetic Communication technology, allows users to make payments by touching their smartphones to regular credit card devices. 

A model demonstrates LG Electronics Inc.`s mobile payment tool, LG Pay, in this photo released by the company on June 2, 2017. (Yonhap)

Samsung Pay provides the same feature through the Magnetic Secure Transmission technology.

The South Korean tech giant said LG Pay will be initially available through four credit card brands -- Shinhan, KB, BC and Lotte -- but will gradually expand to cover all industry players by the end of September.

Users of the G6 smartphone, the latest flagship device of LG Electronics, will be allowed to use the LG Pay via software updates. The company said it plans to expand the services to other devices down the road.

South Korea's No. 2 tech giant said LG Pay, which boasts thorough security as users must scan their fingerprints every time they make a transaction, will set new standards of next-generation mobile payments. (Yonhap)