Rooting your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge will disable Samsung Pay

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If you're going to root your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, prepare to miss out on Samsung Pay and potentially other software features.

SamMobile says your phone will treat rooting like a security threat and lock down Samsung Pay and other features. That may seem like no great loss, as often Samsung's solutions are less than stellar. But Samsung Pay actually shows promise. Using technology it acquired from LoopPay, it can perform wireless payments at any register that lets you swipe a credit or debit card.

Samsung says you'll be able to just tap the register with your phone to make a payment, as it uses a magnetic field that mimics the transaction of swiping a card. This could give Samsung Pay a much wider appeal, as you won't be limited to stores that accept NFC payments.

The other downside to rooting Samsung's newest phone is that it disables Samsung's KNOX Security software, which could disable other software elements that tie into it.

The Galaxy S6 has significantly less bloatware and a much lighter version of TouchWiz when compared to past models. Add in its nifty themes, and there are less reasons than ever to flirt with the disaster that can come from rooting.   

The story behind the story: Not content to just push for dominance of the Android hardware ecosystem, Samsung wants to battle in the mobile payments space with Samsung Pay. Its newest phones look to be fast sellers, so it at least there's a fighting chance against Google Wallet and its rumored Android Pay service.

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