Samsung Intros Wallet App to Counter Passbook
Samsung today announced the Samsung Wallet, a new app that will let users store membership cards, boarding passes, tickets, and other content/associations. The application, which was revealed during a presentation at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is being released in a private beta for application developers. Samsung is providing developers with an SDK and the APIs needed to make their own apps compatible with the Samsung Wallet. The new app will rely on bar codes rather than NFC when it comes time to make a purchase or take advantage of membership benefits. Samsung said it is skipping NFC for now because retailers prefer the bar codes (less infrastructure to worry about). The app will launch with support from Walgreens, Belly, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Lufthansa. Samsung said a version of the app for consumers will arrive in the near future.
Amazon Makes Mobile Wallet App Available
Amazon recently released a mobile wallet application for Android-based smartphones. The app, which Amazon has labeled a beta, lets people store gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards, which can be scanned or typed directly into the app.
Samsung and Expedia Partner On Travel App
Samsung and Expedia today announced Expedia for Samsung, an app meant to help Samsung Galaxy device owners find and book trips. The app features what Expedia calls the Samsung Collection, a launch screen that helps people discover new destinations.
Samsung Pay Adds Support for Loyalty Cards
Samsung today updated its Samsung Pay service in the U.S. to include merchant membership and loyalty cards.
Google Unfolds A Brand New Wallet App for Android
Google today released a fully redesigned Google Wallet application for Android devices. Google Wallet is not an app for making mobile payments at retail.
Samsung to Fold Up Mobile Wallet App Ahead of Samsung Pay
Samsung has indicated to its customers and business partners that it plans to close the Samsung Mobile Wallet application on June 30. The app launched with the intent of competing with Apple's Passbook in that it is best used to store membership and loyalty cards for varied businesses.
A very blatant copy at that -- must be something Apple forgot to patent. Regardless, it'll make a great presentation slide in a future patent lawsuit