Amazon releases its own Wallet app
It looks like everyone wants to be in the mobile wallet game, even though it still hasn't been proven that users are all that excited for the product. There's Google Wallet, Apple Passbook, Windows Phone Wallet, and PayPal, but now Amazon is jumping on the wagon as well. Amazon hasn't made an announcement, but it has released its own Wallet app for Android.
The app is in beta, so we don't know exactly what the plan is for the future of it, but right now it is more in line with Apple's Passbook in terms of functionality. This means that there is no option to add credit or debit cards, but you can store all of your gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards. On certain gift cards you'll even be able to check the balance of your gift cards. The list of supported retailers for this functionality is actually quite impressive, especially compared to the relatively sparse list that Google announced when it recently added gift card support. It is a bit surprising that Amazon Wallet doesn't integrate with Amazon Payments, the service through which Amazon Marketplace sellers receive money, and Amazon users can use to send or receive money.
The app will come preinstalled on the Amazon Fire Phone, but it is also available for other Android devices running 4.0 or higher. Amazon Wallet can be downloaded either from the Google Play Store or the Amazon Appstore.