Samsung Wallet goes live on Google Play for select Galaxy devices
Six months after Samsung Electronics first announced Wallet, its response to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Passbook for iOS, the Android application is now available to U.S. consumers via the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play digital storefront.
The Samsung Wallet is now available in Google Play.
Samsung Wallet--currently limited to the manufacturer's Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 1 and Galaxy Note 2--offers a virtual container for storing and managing event tickets, boarding passes, loyalty cards and coupons. Users redeem passes and coupons by opening the Wallet app to display bar codes scanned at payment and check-in terminals. Additional features include time- and location-based push notifications alerting consumers to relevant coupons and tickets, as well as real-time updates on membership card points and changes to boarding passes.
Like Apple's Passbook, Samsung Wallet does not include mobile payment capabilities. Earlier this year, Samsung said it will pre-install Visa's Near Field Communications-based payWave app on all future smartphones.
Partners can integrate their apps into Samsung Wallet via the application's open API, available for download here. Samsung previously announced agreements with Walgreens, Belly, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com and Lufthansa.
Samsung is the world's largest Android device manufacturer. The company reported record net profits of $6.97 billion in the second quarter of 2013, up from $4.56 billion in the year-ago period and higher than the previous record of $6.41 billion in the first quarter of this year. Sales in Samsung's mobile business jumped to $31 billion, up from $20.1 billion in the year-ago quarter and $28.51 billion in the year-ago period.
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