Samsung introduced its new Wallet app during a developer conference at Mobile World Congress. The Samsung Wallet aims to rival the famous Passbook app on the iOS that let users store event tickets, boarding passes, membership cards and coupons at one place.
However, the Samsung Wallet app offers not only the same functionality as Apple’s Passbook but also resembles in design, that is clearly seen from the icons of both the apps.
Samsung Wallet will deliver time and location based push notifications, it will notify you when you are near a store or location where you can use a Wallet Card. There is one more good news for Samsung product users, the company has already tied up agreements with companies such as Walgreens, Belly, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Lufthansa.
Samsung also announced its plans to offer NFC tap-to-pay system via PayWave in the future smartphones. Unfortunately, the South Korean giant has ruled out the feature to make payments using NFC in Samsung Wallet, but it is most likely to be included later.
So far, both SDK and API preview are available for developers to implement the South Korean company’s service into their applications after a manual approval. However, Samsung has not launched the service yet. Samsung wants to offer this service in the United States due March, we could expect to see Samsung Wallet App as a feature of the Samsung Galaxy S IV on March 12 in New York.
The success of the Samsung Wallet depends on how many companies intend to provide their services via the associated API for the app and how fast it will spread outside the U.S. Although the concept of the app seems quite exciting, but it would not be surprising if Apple again initiates legal action against Samsung.