September 2, 2014

Samsung takes on Google Wallet, Apple Passbook with Samsung Wallet

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Samsung today announced a coupon and ticketing service not unlike Apple’s Passbook or Google Wallet. Called Samsung Wallet, the app and service comes with an API (beta) for developers which should spur adoption and integration. Already working with Samsung are Expedia, MLB, Hotels.com, and Booking.com. The app will advise users to nearby Wallet-friendly locations for retail, restaurants, etc.

Unveiling Wallet at its Developer Day at Mobile World Congress, Samsung explains that it has launched the tool with an open API, allowing users to save tickets, boarding passes, coupons and similar cards to the app and access them from a central hub.

With this move, Samsung takes yet another step toward becoming self-reliant and pushing Google out of the picture. Combining Samsung Wallet and the upcoming Visa PayWave integration into future devices, Google Wallet becomes less relevant.

TheNextWeb (Image courtesy of TNW)