Feb 27th, 2013

Samsung has been on a small roll this week as it has announced yet another development for the future of its smartphones and tablets. The Korean manufacturer has announced a new feature for its future phones and tablets.

Dubbed “Samsung Wallet,” it’s an app that will allow you to store things such as your retail discount and membership cards, boarding passes, coupons and more, and access them in one central location. Some will liken the app to Apple’s PassBook, and that doesn’t look good in the middle of a heated battle between the two companies where Samsung has often been accused of biting Apple’s style.

Samsung’s app uses NFC, but early word is that it won’t primarily be for facilitating wireless payments — that’s what the payWave partnership with Visa is supposed to bring. The app will also utilize location-based features that will notify you when you’re near a store, business or venue where you can use one of your passes.

The app is in beta right now, but Samsung is allowing developers to get an early start on things with the API ahead of the March 7th launch. Big names like Walgreens, Hotels.com, Expedia, Major League Baseball and more will be on-board to start, and we’re sure that list will grow quite nicely with time. Samsung didn’t specify whether the company would be offering the app in the Play Store but we’ll be reaching out to verify. Get a quick demo of the app in the video above.

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