Samsung has created the wallet app to rival Apple’s Passbook. The app allows users to house tickets, boarding passes, coupons and membership cards in one easy to access location – the Wallet.
Currently, Samsung is collaborating with providers like expedia.com, Walgreens, Hotels.com, Bookings.com, Lufthansa and Major League Baseball to integrate their apps with Wallet so that users can store their tickets, event passes and coupons in one location. Push notifications alert users when they are due to use any of their e passes at a location. Boarding passes, membership cards and other documents are constantly updated so that a user is aware of events like flight delays, special offers to members and other special occasions.
The Wallet app is in direct competition with Apple’s Passbook, released recently for iPads, iPhones and iPods. Both apps are extremely useful and make it very convenient for users to organize all their cards just the way a real wallet works. The app is akin to a purse or wallet without the money.
Samsung’s version of the app does not yet support Near field Communication (NFC) and the company has decided to stick with barcodes so that no additional hardware needs to be incorporated. The option is still under consideration and might be incorporated in app updates to enable bump and transfer mobile payments.
The Application Programming Interface for developers is still in the beta stage and has not been opened up to developers as yet. Samsung will release the API once it has been refined for more features and enhancements. The app in its current new form is still very useful to frequent fliers, club members and for a variety of other purposes.