Apparently, everyone wants a piece of the mobile wallet game, despite the fact that no one seems to know if users are really that excited for the product. We have had Google Wallet, Apple Passbook, Windows Phone Wallet, and PayPal, and now Amazon is taking its turn as well. Without an announcement, Amazon has released its own Wallet app for Android.
The app is in beta right now, so we don’t really know what the plan is for the future, but for now it is similar to Apple’s Passbook as far as functionality goes. There is currently no option to add credit or debit cards, but you can store all of your gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards in the wallet.
With some gift cards you’ll even be able to check the balance. What is interesting about this one is the list of supported retailers. The list is pretty impressive, compared to the short list that Google announced when it added gift card support. Amazon Wallet does not integrate with Amazon Payments though, for some reason. That’s the service where Amazon Marketplace sellers get money, and Amazon users can use it to send or receive money. Seems like they should be together. Maybe they will be eventually.
The app comes preinstalled on the Amazon Fire Phone, and it is also available for other Android devices running 4.0 or higher.
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