Samsung Wallet app lands in Google Play, as Google Wallet drops support for gift, loyalty cards
The Samsung Wallet app originally launched as a beta for select users in the US, but now the app is publicly available in the US through Google Play.
You’ll need a Galaxy S3, S4, Galaxy Note 1 or Note 2 to use the app and store things like boarding passes, coupons and tickets. Although the app stores passes in one convenient place, it doesn't offer NFC payments or other payment solutions typically found in a Wallet app. However, Samsung Wallet will allow users to discover grocery coupons and digitally save them to the loyalty card of participating groceries.
In related news, as first reported by Android Central, Google Wallet announced on Thursday that it will no longer support NFC redemption of gift cards and loyalty cards on 21 August. All other Google Wallet features will remain intact, such as NFC tap-to-pay. Google also hinted that "other options for gift and loyalty car redemption" could one-day rollout.
The Samsung Wallet app is now available for free on Google Play.