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Samsung unveils Passbook-like Wallet app

updated 11:35 am EST, Wed February 27, 2013

Currently in preview form for developers

Samsung today revealed a new mobile app, Wallet, at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The app is similar in concept to Apple's Passbook app for the iPhone, in that it saves items like tickets, boarding passes, coupons, and membership cards in a central place. Each item can be tied to time- or location-based push notifications, and/or updated in real-time if details change.

The app lacks NFC support, despite some Samsung phones including the technology, and a deal to support Visa's PayWave service in future phones. As with Passbook, the main way of validating tickets and passes in Wallet involves scanning barcodes. Samsung claims that many retailers prefer codes to NFC since it doesn't require any new infrastructure, but says it's open to the idea of adding NFC later.

Wallet is currently only available in a developer preview form, including an SDK and API guides. The app is expected to reach the public in the near future though, and Samsung says it has already forged deals with Walgreens, Belly, Major League Baseball, Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Lufthansa. More companies should add support post-launch.



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  1. cgc

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    If Apple wasn't around nobody would be innovating.

  1. azrich

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    Waiting for a name change

    To Manzanita, Inc.

  1. coffeetime

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    wow...Samsung

    so innovative.... next step: suing Apple's Passbook for copy infringement. Jerk!

  1. HPeet

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    Monkey see, monkey do...

  1. pairof9s

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    Can't wait to see the ad...

    Samsung will have Jack Nicholson buying flowers for his date w/ Jen Lawrence...to which she'll be in such awe that she'll give him a kiss by tapping her Galaxy to his! ...Agree w/ cgc...is this really the innovation that Apple haters say makes Samsung so cool now?!?!

  1. Charles Martin

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    At least now we know exactly how long it takes Samsung to directly copy Apple ... loathe as I am for any more lawsuits, I hope Apple takes them to the cleaners over this ...

  1. JEB

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    Hmmm

    I think 'Costanza' would be a catchier name, Samsung . . . just sayin' . . .

  1. Sebastien

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    Words from the original copy cat himself:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU9ZUiy2pAI

  1. aristotles

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    Meaning of that quote

    The quote "Good Artists, copy, great artists steal" has been misunderstood by people like you quoting it. What is means is that good artists make copies but great artists come up with an interpretation that is so good that people forget the original. To "steal" an idea is to do such a good job at your own version as to make it your own creation. You are then "stealing" the credit from the original creator of the idea.

  1. Sebastien

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    Typical fanboys coming to Apple's rescue.

  1. cgc

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    Originally Posted by SebastienView Post

    Typical fanboys coming to Apple's rescue.



    Is name-calling your argument for Samsung? Why not try to defend Samsung or show how Apple copied someone else. In college I had to cite my sources or risk failing, Samsung and others just blatantly copy it and call it their own work and get lauded.

  1. Sebastien

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    Interesting that all of you that have replied to me so far have ignored the 'shameless' part in that video. Very interesting indeed....

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