Samsung's new Wallet app has numerous similarities to Apple's Passbook

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Samsung on Wednesday introduced a new smartphone application called "Wallet," which bears a striking resemblance to Apple's own Passbook feature.

Samsung Wallet
Left, Apple's Passbook icon. Right, Samsung Wallet. Via The Verge.


The new Wallet application for Android carries store cards, event tickets, boarding passes, and coupons. As noted by The Verge, the resemblance to Apple's Passbook is striking, even down to the icon Samsung chose to use.

Like Passbook, it will store all of a user's cards in one location. It will also offer time- and location-based push notifications to make it easy for users to access their cards.

And again like Passbook, the software will also automatically update with information such as membership points available, or the gate from which a flight will be departing.



Partners also include a number of companies that were among the first adopters of Apple's Passbook: Major League Baseball, Lufthansa, and Walgreens, to name a few. Samsung's Wallet application will not support NFC payment features ? something Apple's Passbook also lacks.

Samsung's announcement of Wallet, and its similarities to Apple's Passbook, are noteworthy because Apple for years has been accusing Samsung of copying its devices. The two companies are engaged in a number of patent infringement suits in which Apple has charged Samsung with copying the look and feel of the iPhone and the iPad.

Passbook debuted on the iPhone last year as part of the iOS 6 mobile operating system. It's become particularly popular in a trial run at Major League Baseball stadiums, prompting the league to announce this week that Passbook will be accepted at 13 MLB stadiums in the 2013 season.
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  • Reply 1 of 127
    Passed out at the inference that they copied OMG
  • Reply 2 of 127
    dnd0psdnd0ps Posts: 253member
    Samsung Innovation at it's finest.
  • Reply 3 of 127
    A striking resemblance? Why not call a spade, a spade? Samsung cranked up their copy machine, and apparently it takes about 8 months for Samsung to develop a feature.
  • Reply 4 of 127


    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post




    Samsung Wallet

    Left, Apple's Passbook icon. Right, Samsung Wallet.



     


    If you defend this, you are an idiot.


     


    There's just nothing else to be said. And no, it's not an insult. It's being kind.


     


    (please someone be creative enough to joke "But on the Apple logo, the plane ticket has a tab on the side and the movie on the top! Samsung's is the opposite, so it's not copying!")

  • Reply 5 of 127
    Samsung on Wednesday introduced a new smartphone application called "Wallet," which bears a striking resemblance to Apple's own Passbook feature.

    <div align="center"><img src="http://photos.appleinsidercdn.com/passbook-130227.jpg" border="0" width="553" height="150" alt="Samsung Wallet" /><br /><span class="minor2">Left, Apple's Passbook icon. Right, Samsung Wallet. <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/27/4035064/samsung-wallet-app-apple-passbook-features">Via</a> <em>The Verge</em>.</span></div>

    The new Wallet application for Android carries store cards, event tickets, boarding passes, and coupons. As <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/27/4035064/samsung-wallet-app-apple-passbook-features">noted by</a> <em>The Verge</em>, the resemblance to Apple's Passbook is striking, even down to the icon Samsung chose to use.

    Like Passbook, it will store all of a user's cards in one location. It will also offer time- and location-based push notifications to make it easy for users to access their cards.

    And again like Passbook, the software will also automatically update with information such as membership points available, or the gate from which a flight will be departing.

    <div align="center"><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>

    Partners also include a number of companies that were among the first adopters of Apple's Passbook: Major League Baseball, Lufthansa, and Walgreens, to name a few. Samsung's Wallet application will not support NFC payment features ? something Apple's Passbook also lacks.

    Samsung's announcement of Wallet, and its similarities to Apple's Passbook, are noteworthy because Apple for years has been accusing Samsung of copying its devices. The two companies are engaged in a number of <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/11/04/18/apple_sues_samsung_for_allegedly_copying_look_and_feel_of_iphone_ipad">patent infringement suits</a> in which Apple has charged Samsung with copying the look and feel of the iPhone and the iPad.

    Passbook debuted on the iPhone last year as part of the iOS 6 mobile operating system. It's become particularly popular in a trial run at Major League Baseball stadiums, prompting the league to announce <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/02/26/apples-passbook-to-be-accepted-at-13-mlb-stadiums-in-2013-season">this week</a> that Passbook will be accepted at 13 MLB stadiums in the 2013 season.
  • Reply 6 of 127
    Can samsung come up with anything without sealing it.
  • Reply 7 of 127
    Samsung copied Apple? I for one, am shocked!
    Some things never change.
  • Reply 8 of 127


    does anyone actually use passport? let sammy waste their time copying this underdeveloped pos.

  • Reply 9 of 127
    C'mon, this article is stretching a bit don't you think. Passbook isn't unique. Samsung didn't copy. Samsung has probably been developing this for years, even prior to Apple releasing iOS 6.0, because it is the logical next step in payments and transactions. We all know NFC isn't catching on and that is why Samsung doesn't include NFC in any of their phones....Oh they do? So they are an early adapter of NFC which is the future and Passbook is clearly not?

    This doesn't prove anything! Samsung does not copy, they revolutionize! Just look at how they revolutionized the icon by not just having a ticket with a plane on it but having a ticket with a plane and a date on it too. Samsungs Genius never ceases to amaze me.

    What will they think of next. By they I mean Apple so Samsung can do it too of course.
  • Reply 10 of 127
    shenshen Posts: 434member
    Color me shocked!
  • Reply 11 of 127


    Originally Posted by mkart4 View Post

    does anyone actually use passport? let sammy waste their time copying this underdeveloped pos.


     


    What a valid and accurate argument¡

  • Reply 12 of 127
  • Reply 13 of 127
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member


    Of course Apple didn't invent the digital wallet but Samsung bringing this out AFTER Apple came out with Passbook and using a very similar icon design screams copy.  I'm sure the Samsung/Android crowd will be here soon to tell us all differently.

  • Reply 14 of 127
    Wow. That's all I can say...wow.
  • Reply 15 of 127


    It's such an obvious rip off (Down to the COLORS in the icon) there are no words...alright maybe one: shameless? Yikes. At least we can be sure the Xerox machines in Samsung's HQ are in good working order. Doesn't Apple have a patent on Passbook??

  • Reply 16 of 127
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,972member
    If you defend this, you are an idiot.

    There's just nothing else to be said. And no, it's not an insult. It's being kind.

    (please someone be creative enough to joke "But on the Apple logo, the plane ticket has a tab on the side and the movie on the top! Samsung's is the opposite, so it's not copying!")

    It's inexcusable really. Guess there aren't many if any people with original ideas employed by Samsung.
  • Reply 17 of 127
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,972member
    Delete. Dupe post
  • Reply 18 of 127
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,972member
    jivanile wrote: »
    C'mon, this article is stretching a bit don't you think. Passbook isn't unique. Samsung didn't copy. Samsung has probably been developing this for years, even prior to Apple releasing iOS 6.0, because it is the logical next step in payments and transactions. We all know NFC isn't catching on and that is why Samsung doesn't include NFC in any of their phones....Oh they do? So they are an early adapter of NFC which is the future and Passbook is clearly not?

    This doesn't prove anything! Samsung does not copy, they revolutionize! Just look at how they revolutionized the icon by not just having a ticket with a plane on it but having a ticket with a plane and a date on it too. Samsungs Genius never ceases to amaze me.

    What will they think of next. By they I mean Apple so Samsung can do it too of course.

    Yes Samsung phones do have a NFC chip. Have had them for over a year now.
  • Reply 19 of 127


    Samsung continues to drive incredible innovations to the overall Android experience. This is why consumers are choosing Samsung devices over those from HTC and Sony. Samsung is in the experiences business, and consumers want these amazing experiences.

  • Reply 20 of 127
    Pity there isn't a Tarot card sticking out; I'd like to read them their fortune
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