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.
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