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Samsung acquires U.S. mobile payment operator LoopPay

South Korea's tech giant Samsung Electronics said Thursday that it has bought U.S. mobile technology firm LoopPay Inc., a move apparently aimed at making inroads into the mobile payment technology market against its rival Apple Inc.

"Samsung has made efforts to provide safe and convenient mobile payment service," said Shin Jong-kyun who heads the mobile division at the Seoul-based company. "The acquisition will spur up the company to lead the world mobile commerce market."

The main office of Samsung Electronics in Seoul. (Yonhap)
The main office of Samsung Electronics in Seoul. (Yonhap)

LoopPay has patent rights related to magnetic secure transmission, a payments solution that works with the existing magnetic stripe readers.

The acquisition came amid moves by Samsung to build its own mobile payment ecosystem, as Apple has announced to focus on the market with its Apple Pay.

Samsung is expected to disclose its new Galaxy 6 smartphone equipped with its "Samsung Pay" system at an international trade show in Spain next month. (Yonhap)