This launch was in partnership with UnionPay International and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).
It was first introduced in August 2016 in China as a mobile payment service rooted in Huawei Wallet, as part of the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS).
Huawei Pay is one of the key services under the Huawei Wallet application that supports the Near Field Communication (NFC) payments in retail stores.
Users can enable Huawei Pay by adding their ICBC UnionPay credit cards to Huawei wallet app and make transactions by tapping their smartphones to the payment terminal.
Instead of having the need to unlock their phone, application or even connect to the internet, users can opt to make in-store payments by holding their smartphone close to the payment reader. Once the fingerprint is authenticated, the payment is done.
Huawei Pay users are able to make payments at over 20 million terminals with the UnionPay QuickPass logo across 51 countries and regions around the world. To date, reportedly more than 30 Huawei smartphones have the Huawei Pay feature.