OnePlus releases an awesome upgrade you probably can’t have

OnePlus has released OnePlus Pay – the payments service it announced alongside the OnePlus 7T series at its initial launch event on September 26 – in a huge challenge to the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung. The only caveat is it’s only available in China, for now at least.

When it announced OnePlus Pay last year, the firm remained pretty tight-lipped on the services’ finer details, like how it’ll differentiate itself from the competition, if at all, and what its interface would look like.


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But now new reports from GizChina and ITHome have shown the service running on OnePlus’ HydrogenOS Android skin. What’s HydrogenOS you’re wondering? Well, it’s essentially the same as the OxygenOS you’re used to but comes without any Google apps or services pre-installed. As you’d imagine, this operating system is only available on Chinese handsets from OnePlus where Baidu and other domestic companies dominate the market instead of Google.

OnePlus Pay is apparently located in the Wallet app of both the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro – the only two handsets from the Shenzhen firm to support the functionality thus far.

ITHome says the payment service can be used with debit cards from Guangfa Bank, Minsheng Bank, and SPDB and credit cards from Guangfa Bank and SPDB.

Although the exact functionality of OnePlus Pay was not discussed by either outlet, it’s presumed to leverage Near-field communication (NFC) technologies just like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay.

Although OnePlus holds less than one percent of China’s smartphone market share, according to data from Counterpoint, it certainly makes sense for the firm to test its new payment service domestically. China is by far and away the world’s biggest mobile-first nation with regard to payments.

According to the reports from both GizChina and ITHome, OnePlus plans to expand its new payments system into key markets like India and the US down the line.

Although some Chinese OnePlus owners have reported the existence of OnePlus Pay on their device, it’s worth noting the Chinese tech giant hasn’t actually announced its release yet.

It’s certainly possible the Shenzhen company will shed more details on OnePlus Pay when it launches its next flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 8.

The OnePlus 8 has been tipped to launch on April 15 and come in three models: the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 Lite. Each has been tipped to come without a motorised pop-up camera OnePlus made a big song and dance about with the launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro last year.

OnePlus hasn’t actually announced a launch event for the OnePlus 8 series yet, but will let you know the moment it does.

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