More Vendors Join Samsung's Wallet
Samsung today announced that more organizations will support Samsung Wallet, the company's Passbook competitor. The new companies that have voiced support for Samsung Wallet include American Express, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysia Airlines, Amtrak, Valpak, eGifter, Gyft, Yowza, SpotOn, Agoda, HRS, Opodo and Thrillcall. Samsung Wallet lets users store membership cards, boarding passes, tickets, and other content/associations. The app relies on bar codes rather than NFC when it comes time to make a purchase or take advantage of membership benefits. The app is compatible with the Galaxy S3, S4, Note I, Note II, and Note 3, and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. In addition to competing with Apple's Passbook, Samsung Wallet also competes with Google Wallet and Isis.
Samsung Pushes Security Update to Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung recently seeded a software update to its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The update applies the June security patches from Google, stabilizes memory card performance, and adjusts some user interface elements of Bixby.
Google Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.
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.
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.