In the US, no mobile wallet has emerged triumphant yet. The user base is split among operating systems and also fragmented across services like PayPal, bank-specific ventures like Chase Pay and retailer solutions like Walmart Pay.
A December 2017 Pymnts.com and InfoScout survey of US mobile device owners who have tried a mobile wallet at least once found that Walmart Pay had the highest share (24.8%), followed by Apple Pay (12.8%), Android Pay (5.3%) and Samsung Pay (5.1%).
According to a February 2018 Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG) survey, US mobile wallet adoption has grown from 27% in Q1 2016 to 34% in Q1 2018. Its research showed Apple Pay with a 34% share, followed by Android Pay (31%) and Samsung Pay (22%).
While Samsung Pay had fewer users, they were the most likely to characterize themselves as “very active" mobile pay users, with 30% of respondents identifying themselves that way. By comparison, 9% of Android Pay users and 8% of Apple Pay users described themselves as very active mobile pay users. The average spend bears this out. Samsung Pay users said they had spent $119 using mobile pay in the past week; $18 more than Android Pay users and $45 more Apple Pay users. Among the three platforms, Samsung Pay users were also the most likely to agree (57%) that if they could put everything in a mobile wallet, they wouldn’t need a physical wallet anymore.
This hypothetical situation isn't likely to come to pass anytime soon. According to February 2018 CivicScience data, only 1% of US internet users considered mobile wallets as their primary payment method.