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Samsung doesn't want to wait on Google, and builds its own ticket hub Wallet

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Samsung doesn't want to wait on Google, and builds its own ticket hub Wallet
Every platform has its own version of a Wallet these days. Apple's iOS has Passbook, Microsoft's Windows Phone has the Wallet Hub, and Google's Android has Google Now (and Google Wallet to an extent as well.) Now, Samsung wants in on the game. Sammy doesn't seem to want to wait on Google to get things together and has introduced its own ticket hub called (obviously) Samsung Wallet.

There had been a rumor that Google was planning to turn Google Wallet into a ticket hub similar to what you'd find with Passbook or WP Wallet Hub, but it has been looking more and more like Google is leaving the ticket hub functionality to Google Now, which can now automatically display airline boarding passes and Fandango movie tickets. But, rather than put work into updating its devices to Android 4.1/4.2, Samsung would rather have its own ticket hub app it seems. 

Samsung Wallet is being launched with support from Walgreens, MLB, Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, and Lufthansa Airlines. It will also have an open API, which allows users to save tickets, boarding passes, coupons, and other cards to the app and access them all from one place. Notice the phrase "save", meaning information isn't pulled automatically from other apps. You will have to actively save the passes you need to the app in order to access them. 

Samsung Wallet will not support mobile payments, but it will offer time and location based push notifications for the tickets you have added. Right now, Samsung Wallet API is in beta, but it will be officially launched on March 7th. 

source: The Next Web

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posted on 27 Feb 2013, 12:25 3

1. yyuu1000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


stop samsung just work with google because you are mothing with out andriod

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 12:56 10

2. urtard (banned) (Posts: 82; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


lol just stop posting

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 14:52 1

11. yyuu1000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


look at your name urtard

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 16:25 5

19. INF1N1TY (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


At least urtard can spell.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 16:43 6

20. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Is Android Google's or Samsung's now?

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 17:51 1

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 2977; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Does not matter, i will go with whatever that work better for me plus it must be supported by other Android OEMs as well as an open standard.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 15:59

30. Jonathan41 (Posts: 528; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Google's.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 13:20 10

3. stealthd (Posts: 968; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


This looks like a pretty direct clone of Apple's passbook. The functionality seems exactly same and the graphics are similar in a lot of ways. This looks like even more of a copy than S Voice was to Siri. I don't see why Samsung has to constantly do this, the Galaxy S line didn't sell because of what they copied from Apple, imo, but they did copy quite a bit.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 13:44 3

5. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


It's not copying. It's inspired by Apple. The NFC chip in the Samsung phone makes them different.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 14:03 4

6. stealthd (Posts: 968; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


It's copying, adding NFC doesn't change that. Most places like Starbucks and Walgreens can just scan the barcode on the screen, NFC doesn't add anything valuable to that.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 14:48 8

9. schecter7 (Posts: 99; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Typical ripoff by crapsung. Oh, when will those koreans will do something on their own? Crapsung arena decided to ignore its similarity to passbook unlike verge and other sites pointed it out. This blog has turned into crapsung blog. I'm leaving PA good luck with promoting s**tsung - cheapass korean co. that never invented a crap.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 16:20 2

17. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Surely enough apples passbook was a complete new idea right lol

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 06:46 1

28. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


Apple passbook is a copy of Google Wallet and Google Wallet is somewhat a copy of other(w/c im not sure)

but pls stop saying those copying issue..
everything in this world is mobilized by being inspired by others and bring the best from it..

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 19:47

24. Hemlocke (unregistered)


NFC is not utilized by the Wallet.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 14:55 6

12. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


So if Apple is inspired, copies and changes things to call innovation is ok, but another company does same is wrong?, I wonder were you've been but the Galaxy S line sold by the bucket loads, Galaxy S3 just won the best phone at MWC Barcelona 2013.

This is just another wallet for Samsung users so get over it, you think only iOS users are allowed to use passbook?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/GSMA-anounced-2013-mobile-awards-winners-see-who-won-for-best-smartphone-and-tablet-here_id40291

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 15:20 1

13. Ninetysix (Posts: 1656; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Ah yes..it's the best phone :) Are you aware of this thread in XDA forums?

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1993044&page=449

450+ ...More and more S3s dying each day that passes. RIP.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 15:51 3

15. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


And they are all been replaced no question asked, shame on you!, every electronic gadget is vulnerable, there's always gonna be bad batches, you wanna tell me there are no iphones that died after sales?

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 16:00 2

16. Ninetysix (Posts: 1656; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


A few iphones maybe...Thousands? No..

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 16:25 3

18. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


A thousand plus defect s3 out of 40+ million is really small that's less than 1%..if this sas a huge issue you world see it in the millions

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 19:02 2

22. Whateverman (Posts: 3222; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Hold on a second... Doesn't EVERY iPhone running 6.0 and up currently have a security issue with the lock screen?

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 19:27 2

23. Ninetysix (Posts: 1656; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


We should be concerned because? I'm running 6.0. Go ahead and perform this security issue on my phone.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 20:41 2

25. Whateverman (Posts: 3222; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Does your lack of concern mean there is no issue? Your point was that thousands of iPhone would not be affected by an issue, but clearly you're wrong because there are MILLIONS. Nothing is perfect, not the GS3, the HTC one, the 920, and not the iPhone.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 21:05 2

26. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


the resemblance to Passbook is that there are rectangles, vertically aligned. Point taken. However, within that framework, even visually, there are more differences than similarities. Compared to Passbook, Samsung's Wallet:

a) Does not contain overlapping items
b) Does not extend to the sides
c) Does not have logos
d) Does not have gradient treatment
e) Does not have any lighting effects
e) Does have control icons on the items in list view
f) Does contain horizontal groupings
g) Does have separate items flowing off the left and the right sides.

they have one similarity, unless you feel the broad concept of a vertical list of rectangles is Apple's private property.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 13:42

29. stealthd (Posts: 968; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


You are just completely ignoring the major similarities. The functionality and design are just completely copied, and the graphics are very similar. There was nothing stopping Samsung from coming up with an original implementation, but they didn't, they just copied Apple's. They also really don't need you to apologize for them and make up excuses, they have a legal team for that.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 13:43 4

4. JunitoNH (Posts: 920; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Oh yeah....another Samsung innovation!!!!

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 14:28 3

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


This is a dumb idea, Google is already solving this issue, they should be making Google push their apps outside the US ecosystem instead of waisting resources.... Look at how much of a gimic S-voive was ...

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 00:58

27. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Sorry, Google.

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