Software update brings video calling, Samsung Pay and more to T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

Earlier this month, T-Mobile announced that it had enabled video calling for the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. At the time, the uncarrier said that it would soon send a software update that would allow the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge to also support the feature. Today, that software update has started rolling out. Three more unknown handsets will receive the video calling update before the end of the year.

One of our loyal PhoneArena readers sent us a screenshot showing that the update not only includes the video calling feature, but also the new Advanced Messaging that T-Mobile has developed. With the latter, T-Mobile subscribers can send up to 10MB of video via text, and enjoy near real-time chat. It will also show when a message you text is received by the recipient, and when someone you are communicating with is typing a response to your last comment.

Lastly, the update adds Samsung Pay to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. This is Samsung's mobile payment service. Unlike Apple Pay and Android Pay, both of which require your phone and the retailer's POS system to use NFC, Samsung Pay can work without NFC by using the magnetic stripe on a credit card in conjunction with the card swipers that most retailers employ. As a result, Samsung Pay can work in many more locations than its rivals. It is expected to launch in the U.S. on September 28th.

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Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)



1. engineer-1701d unregistered

i was talking about this earlier on here its also smoothed out the ui and gear app is there and samsung pay

6. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm downloading it right now. So I'm a bit confused, is Samsung pay actually usable or has it simply been enabled? The article says that they won't actually be rolling it out onto Phones until later on in september.

9. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Its is working i did used it but with bank of america cards only for now and i was able to add my rooms to go credit card but i didn't use it.

10. TerryTerius unregistered

How exactly would you have done that? At least in my case when I pull it up it just says that it will be available soon. Well, a bunch of other stuff too, but it doesn't say I can actually use it yet.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1531; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It sucks that Verizon customers won't be getting this and if they do it will be next year.

3. TerryTerius unregistered

Didn't T Mobile say that were in talks with the other carriers to bring this to their phones too?

5. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

They are but verizon is cdma and the advanced messageing part is depentant upon gsm

7. TerryTerius unregistered

Did you read an article somewhere stating that? I'm not calling you out or anything, I would just like to read it for myself that's all.

11. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

12. TerryTerius unregistered

Ah. Thanks :)

4. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

You will be extremely lucky if verizon inputs those features in the next millenium they dont like adding new features without charging you for them and since that video calling and advanced messageing depends on the carrier doing it instead of the manufacturer you may never see them

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I wonder if these software updates also bring (heavier) throttling to unlimited users. Just to be safe, I am keeping my GS5 on 4.4.4. And for the record; I am on ATT (though what I posted above could be done by all carriers) and haven't been throttled since last November....all the while averaging over 10gb per month.

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