Samsung Wallet for Gear

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  1. mountainbikermark

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    Many of us carry around discount cards, gift cards, movie tickets, concert tickets , etc that have bar codes for scanning. Well there's at least 1 app for that on our phones, no matter the make or model but what if we could skip the opening the phone part, or better yet something when our phone is not even with us. Samsung Wallet is the Tizen based answer. You can save membership bar codes, coupons and other things on your phone and on your Samsung smartwatch, including a handy widget for quick access to your 3 favorite cards.
    Adding new cards is easy . Just tap "+", name it, take a photo of the front of the card (or any photo you choose from your gallery or camera) then use the camera to snap a photo of the bar code using the apps built in bar code reader. Sync once to your watch and it's totally standalone until you make any changes to your cards, coupons, etc then just do a sync again. If, like me, you don't add anything there's no need to sync . Sync is done using your Samsung account for security purposes, like Color Note does with Gmail.
    The app is protected from screen shots of bar codes on both the watch and phone so I don't have any of what it looks like on the watch when you tap one. It puts the watch , or phone if using it on the phone, on full bright with a white background and black barcode that even the most overused, abused store scanner should be able to see it.
    Here's a few shots
    The app on the watch when first opened
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    The membership cards I've got stored , again on the watch
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    The widget
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    App open on the phone
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    My cards saved on the phone
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    It's free and shows ads only on the phone, no paid version available to remove ads.

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    There is also a version on the Play Store for the Gear Fit that works basically the same way, just a smaller screen and it's free as well.

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    I was actually wondering about Android Wear functionality for Google Wallet. Now that I finally got Wallet setup, I drive by Walgreens every day on my way to work. When I actually stopped there the other day, I had a notification on my phone that had the barcode for my Rewards card right in it. That's pretty slick, but it'd be even better if it was on my wrist. I can see how that would be handy.

    Scan my watch for my rewards points and tap my phone to pay and I will have never even touched my physical wallet in Walgreens.

    I still need to try Tap and Pay though. That's the last part I got setup on Wallet. The day I got the notification, I didn't have it setup, so I still had to pay like a neanderthal with a plastic card.
     
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    I wonder when Samsung's new acquisition Loop Pay will make it to our phones?
     
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    Sounds like it needs particular hardware to function. You could use the app, I'm sure, but to get the full effect, you need to get a case that has LoopPay hardware built in. I came across an article yesterday that had a picture of one such case.

    Without the proper magnets or whatever it is that interacts with the scanner, you're dead in the water.

    This case that I saw had the capability built in and also had a slot that stores a LoopPay card, so you can use that if you prefer and/or have trouble with the Tap and Pay feature.

    The case, according to the picture, was about $60. Couldn't tell what phone it was for, and I didn't care to investigate further.
     
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    It was seeing folks using an s pen and multi screen that helped them get over the phone screens reaching the +5" barrier. It was using bar codes on phones that helped folks see the positivity of using a phone to scan your discount cards.
    The cool factor of a smartwatch when they ask to see your Walgreens card and you flash your watch? Yeah that'll be a tiny step toward Wear getting beyond the gimmick stage.
    I get .03 a gallon off per gallon at Sheetz by holding my watch under the scanner with my Sheetz barcode opened. My wallet is a LOT thinner without all the freaking cards I don't need anymore, most of which I rarely use.

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    Crap. I keep forgetting that I have a football Booster card that gets me a few cents off per gallon of gas...

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    There is no doubt in my mind that Samsung will move it to NFC. Those cases are mostly for older iPhones that do not have NFC baked in. They also have a fob to use, but I have no idea how the fob would differentiate between cards.
     
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    I thought the draw of LoopPay was that it doesn't rely on NFC. It's supposed to be able to work with traditional card scanners. That's the only reason why I changed my mind about whether it was good for Samsung to move more into the mobile payment world. That functionality would open it up to be WAY more useful than the other options out there.

    As I stated in another thread, I'm pretty sure Walgreens (and now I've been told maybe McDonald's) are really the only places in my area that even have Google Wallet capability. I'll have to keep an eye out more now that I've got the app setup, but something that works at any store with a card reader would be my bread and butter.
     
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    What about 7-11? They've got that nfc thing in my area. I've also seen it at a gas station somewhere but I don't remember where, I'm thinking it was in the boon docks of West Virginia.

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    No such thing as 7-11 up here. We've got Holiday, BP, Admiral, Krist Oil...
     
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    No 7-11 convenience stores? What country do you live in oke:
    I think their hayday has been taken over by gas stations adding food and groceries to their mix throughout much of the nation. They just closed another one near me as well.

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