Samsung Wallet takes on Apple Passbook
Samsung showed off a Passbook competitor that will let you manage your tickets and coupons
Samsung used Mobile World Congress 2013 to show off Samsung Wallet, a centralized software hub for users' tickets, coupons and more.
If you think this sounds similar to Apple's Passbook, you're pretty much correct. Samsung Wallet will work with the likes of Hotels.com, Expedia, Lufthansa, Booking.com and MLB. You can apparently use this as your ticket for all of the MLB parks around the country.
Samsung Wallet also has an API that was opened up to developers today, so look forward to more apps and companies hopping on board. Some obvious partners down the road could be Fandango, Cardstar and more.
One way that Samsung Wallet differs from Apple's Passbook is that it will support NFC. NFC potentially opens up a wide world of possibilities for third-party app developers to tap into and it could be as simple as being able to tap your phone against a machine to gain entrance to a venue.
Weirdly, even though it's called Samsung Wallet, it doesn't appear as though it will support mobile payments at the outset. Samsung may rely on its partnerships with third-party providers like Visa, for that.
There's no word on when Samsung Wallet will hit but look for it relatively soon. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see it as a part of the Galaxy S4 introduction, which is slated for March 14.