The brand new Passbook app in iOS 6 is garnering traction in both tech press and the real world with the likes of Starbucks, Target, theme park Accesso, airlines Delta, American Airlines, Virgin Australia and others all announcing they have or are implementing Passbook support.

As Passbook simply organizes digital coupons, tickets, loyalty cards and other items wrapped inside Apple’s new .pkpass file type, developer Attido Mobile was able to create a handy Passbook client for Android devices. It has been available for some time, is called PassWallet, does pretty much everything Apple’s app is capable of and could easily be gone if Apple has any say over it…

The .pkpass file type can be embedded inside digital receipts for, say movie or airline tickets that are distributed via email or web pages.

PassWallet for Android simply detects and automatically imports these digital items from your email messages and on the web sites you visit.

The PassWallet app is a free download right from Google’s Play Store.

Here, your release notes:

Bringing support for Apple’s Passbook mobile tickets to the Android platform.

Collect all your tickets & coupons, from flight boarding passes to coffee shop loyalty cards in one easy to use application.

Introduced in Apple’s iOS 6, PKPass files will quickly become the de facto standard for mobile ticketing.

Passbook & iOS are all registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

I’m not sure if Apple is aware of this app or not, but I doubt its legal team will let it slide.

At any rate, Apple is making a lot of fuss about Passbook, even though the app basically displays glorified Aztec, PDF417 and QR 2D barcodes.

IHS iSuppli thinks the App Store revenue will grow nearly 70 percent this year to hit an estimated $4.9 billion, up from $2.9 billion last year.

This increase is primarily based on Apple Maps and Passbook, two new features that should help boost downloads of third-party apps built atop these two services.

Did you have a chance to take Passbook for a spin?

Do you see the potential here?

  • Kok Hean

    I don’t care if it encourages people to make their stuff to work with Passbook. Anyone with me?

    • Iliyan Georgiev

      Exactly! If the file format is open, let everybody use it, and let it become a standard that improves over time. The wider the adoption of the technology, the better for us – the customers. Fragmentation is in our least interest.

  • LOL

  • Again copy cats!!!

    • *Sigh*…ignorance…plain ignorance. Did they say “Passwallet is out new Android product that collects all your tickets etc. etc.”? No. That’s why they mentioned bring APPLE PASSBOOK to Android….and if you still think differently, you could call Apple a copycat for copying Google with Google Maps, and Notification Center.

    • Evostance

      Ignorance is bliss eh?. Apps like this have been on Android for ages. It just so happens this one if capable of opening .pkpass files.

  • .pkpass is a file type, not MIME type.

    • actually, both pkpass file type and mime type (application/ are required. otherwise, safari and mail would not be able to automatically detect digital tickets and open them in the passbook app.

      • I’m referring to “.pkpass”, not the file format

  • iam8up

    Until it includes anything and everything in daily life, this is only half usable. For flights it might be OK, but the last thing I want to do is deal with my phone for boarding.

    • Box of Cotton Swabs

      The last thing I want to do is deal with airline counters, kiosks, or paper tickets for boarding.

      • banjoonmyknee

        Considering I had my hardcopy passport checked a full dozen times on my flight from Beijing to New York, dealing with boarding passes pales by comparison. This won’t be saving time for me in any case.

    • And what if you run out of battery!

  • Come on Apple, don’t you dare remove this. I am starting to enjoy it now !!!

  • Mysteroy3k

    Wow, what about THA bragged about NFC

  • Why would an Android user want Passbook when they have Google Wallet…

    • Tom

      Because google wallet is closing soon and also this could mean it’s capable of using the NFC chip with Passwallet

      • Evostance

        Google Wallet is closing soon? Lol, please, where did you hear that. Google Wallet is growing everyday with new features and releases!

      • banjoonmyknee

        No. Google Wallet is not closing soon. Google Wallet’s own branded CARD is stopping, but you can still use Google Wallet for ANY debit or general credit card.

      • Kok Hean

        Google Wallet is closing? Where did you get that piece of information?

  • Evostance

    “Easily be gone if Apple had any say over it” – I’d like to see Apple try and stop the app. There have been plenty off apps like this for ages which have used different formats. Still awaiting Google Wallet to have it built it – it already kind of does it

  • trostum

    Actually, the android app is missing one of the major features in passbook, live updates of the ticket and push notifications.

  • another example of blatant copying and lack of originality on Android’s part..

    • DigitalWolf

      more like us just joining the party, they can’t hog a system like this to themselves cause they were too shortsighted to support NFC.

  • mrsbelpit

    Thanks for posting this, apple blog guys! I found it on one of my RSS feeds and can’t wait to try it. I’m hoping there’s nothing Apple can do about it.

  • freacrou


  • Apple has not right to try and stop this. These types of apps have been around long before passbook. In fact, passbook is sad compared to a few of the android options.