Samsung has unveiled Wallet, a new app for Android devices that can store a user’s tickets, coupons, membership cards, and boarding passes in one place. Wallet also provides time- and push-based notifications that will alert users when they are near a location or store that accepts the app, or has special offers running. The app updates users’ various cards and passes in real time as well.
The natural reaction is to compare Wallet to Apple’s Passbook app for iOS, and, well, there’s a reason for that. The two seem to function in very similar ways, and they even look pretty similar at first blush.
While it was showing off the new app at its Developer Day event at Mobile World Congress, Samsung said that it already has partnerships lined up with the likes of Expedia, MLB, Walgreens, Hotels.com, Belly, Booking.com and Lufthansa. Similar partnerships will likely be announced in the coming weeks, as Samsung gets closer and closer to its big Galaxy S IV reveal next month.
Like Passbook, Wallet isn’t starting off with any NFC capabilities on its own, but Samsung has said that it may integrate the tech at a later date. For now, the NFC onus will fall to third parties like Samsung’s newest mobile payment partner, Visa.
Developers will be able to start using Samsung Wallet’s APIs on March 7. There’s no firm release date for consumers just yet, but Samsung says it will arrive sometime in the near future.
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