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Samsung takes on Apple Passbook

It seems that Samsung will copy Apple’s Passbook with its latest development: a new mobile wallet application that allows users to store virtual event tickets, coupons, membership cards and boarding passes on their Samsung devices.

The new Samsung Wallet was announced during Samsung’s Developer Day at Mobile World Congress. Developers will be able to provide users of supported applications the option to load tickets and boarding passes into Samsung Wallet, making it easier for them to keep track of documents in one place.

samsungwalletAdditionally, time and location-based push notifications will update content in the wallet in real time, so a traveler with a stored boarding pass can be alerted to changes in flight status, and shoppers with stored loyalty cards can receive discount offers when they’re near a location associated with the card.

According to the Samsung developer website, the new wallet will be offered to the public in May. Samsung Wallet will be compatible with Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note I and Galaxy Note II devices, as well as any mobile device that runs version 4.0 or later of the Android OS.