I use a Galaxy S3 with my Pixel 2. I had the same problem, banking with Lloyds. I opened an HSBC account because it is supported. My issue is a general lack of acceptance of Samsung Pay in the shops. It's hard to tell if Samsung Pay is accepted as they often don't have a label for it. It's quite embarassing to try to pay with your watch (which often attracts attention) only for the terminal not to recognise it.
I'm waiting for Google to release a watch and switch to Google Pay.
I'm not sure where you live but in the UK it's very simple. If you have Samsung pay set up and the retailer has a contactless card reader it will work. There is nothing intrinsically different between google pay or Samsung pay.
I have not come across any stores where google pay would work and samsung wouldn't.
That's interesting. I'll have another go but it was either Tesco or ASDA, both of whom accept Google Pay, that didn't accept payment from my S3. It also didn't work in my local pub, until recently, but I often payed with my Android phone.
I just checked and my S3 definitely doesn't work at my local ASDA but my Pixel 2 does. So clearly Samsung Pay is not available everywhere Google Pay is.
Samsung doesnt care about Canadian debit customers, i have been asking for months when it would be supported on galaxy watch and the answer is keep checking back for updates! That just doesnt cut the mustard for me, i listed my galaxy watch for sale last week.
I don't understand why this issue is flagged as solved. Samsung Pay does not support major banks like Natwest or Barclays reason why I need to use Google Pay instead. If Google Pay cannot work with the Galaxy Watch Active, I will simply return it as useless to me. Same for my professional email, which is google as well