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.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
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.