Amazon has pulled the plug on its Wallet app, a service the company launched in beta six months ago to dip its toes into the burgeoning area of mobile payments.Amazon is removing the Wallet app from the Amazon and Google Play app stores Wednesday, it said. People will still be able to use cards they added to the app but their balances will no longer be updated in the wallet, so they’ll have to keep track some other way.”We’ve learned a great deal from the Amazon Wallet beta program and will look for ways to apply these lessons in the future as we continue to innovate on behalf of our customers,” an Amazon spokesman said via email.Any future plans for the app, and Amazon’s plans for mobile payments more broadly, are unclear.Still in beta, the app had limited functionality. It provided a vault for people’s gift, loyalty, and reward cards, but did not yet store debit or credit cards like Apple Pay or Google Wallet. Users scanned the cards into the app, and could then use their smartphone to make a purchase in physical stores or online.Mobile payments is an area of growing interest to technology companies, with Apple Pay… Read full this story
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