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.
Aug 11, 2021
Samsung today announced new smartwatches and Bluetooth earbuds: the Galaxy Watch4 series and Galaxy Buds2. Both feature a long list of small improvements over their predecessors.
Jul 1, 2021
Google has updated the Passes feature in Android to specifically support COVID vaccination and test cards. This brings vaccine passport functionality directly into Android 5 and later.
Oct 18, 2018
Google's YouTube today announced a new partnership with Eventbrite that's meant to help people find concert tickets. As people watch music videos or performances on artists' official YouTube channels, they'll see Eventbrite listings for live music performances throughout the U.S.
Apr 22, 2019
A new option has appeared in Google Pay that lets it automatically, continuously import "passes" (including tickets and loyalty cards) from emails received in Gmail. The option is disabled by default, but is available now for most users within the Google Pay app, under Settings > General > Gmail imports.
Aug 13, 2019
Apple has updated Apple Wallet to support additional vendors of systems that power contactless student ID cards, enabling a number of new colleges and universities to roll out support for storing a student ID card in Apple Wallet. The feature lets students use their iPhone or Apple Watch to access campus facilities and pay for meals, laundry, and other purchases where a student ID is accepted as payment.