Does This New Samsung App Copy Apple’s Passbook?
Is Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) latest app more evidence that the Korea-based company is ripping off Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)? Apple has long accused the Android-based phone maker of copying the look and feel of its iPhone and the new Samsung Wallet app is not likely to change the Cupertino-based company’s feelings on this matter.
Samsung Wallet became available at the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play Store this week and commentators are already noting its uncanny similarity to Apple’s Passbook feature. Like Passbook, Samsung Wallet lets users store event tickets, airline tickets, boarding passes, coupons, movie tickets, and gift cards.
Passbook was first introduced on iOS 6 and quickly became a popular way for companies to distribute coupons and other customer rewards. Discover (NYSE:DFS) uses Passbook to deliver cardholder rewards, while American Airlines uses the feature to store boarding passes. Several Major League Baseball stadiums also allow users to redeem their tickets using Passbook.
According to the app description at the Google Play Store, Samsung Wallet is available for the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 1, and the Galaxy Note 2. Apple Insider notes that Samsung Wallet is supported in the U.S. by Booking.com, owned by Priceline.com (NASDAQ:PCLN), Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE), Lufthansa, Major League Baseball, and Walgreen (NYSE:WAG).
Apple is currently awaiting two court decisions regarding Samsung’s alleged patent-infringement. The U.S. International Trade Commission is scheduled to determine if some of Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets are infringing on Apple’s patents on August 9. Apple is also appealing a case in front of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding a judge’s refusal to grant a permanent ban on 26 Samsung products that were found to be infringing on Apple’s patents.
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