Google gets serious about mobile payments: Merges Checkout into Google Wallet

21/11/2011

Google is to merge its Checkout retail payment platform with Google Wallet ahead of the Christmas shopping season. The internet giant will integrate the systems under the Google Wallet banner, and will push the payment system through its other retail operations. Ben Lee, Google Wallet product manager, reassured merchants using the Checkout platform that they will not need to take any action at their end as the services are integrated.

21/11/2011

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"We are committed to upgrading our payment solutions for merchants while ensuring they're able to process payments without interruption during the holidays, so shoppers using Google Wallet will be able to make purchases seamlessly on merchant sites that accept Google Checkout," Lee explained in a blog post.

"Early next year, we will work closely with our merchant partners to switch to the Google Wallet logo and share details on new and upcoming features."

Google Checkout was launched in 2006 as a way of purchasing goods online without disclosing credit card details to individual merchant sites.

Google Wallet, meanwhile, uses near field communication technology in smartphones to securely transfer funds to retailers.

Read the official Google blog here

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