Google Checkout Is No More, Long Live Google Wallet

As NFC technology and mobile purchasing move into the mainstream, Google's separate online payment systems, Checkout and Wallet, have become redundant. One of them has got to go.

That's why Google is merging its Checkout and Wallet services into a unified payment system for both online and mobile purchases under the Google Wallet banner. Existing Checkout users will be able to migrate their account information the next time the log in or make an online purchase. In addition to unifying its payment system, Google is also installing Wallet functionality across its network — including the Android Market, YouTube and Google+ Games.

Checkout debuted in 2006 as a push-button means of making online purchases, while Wallet was rolled out earlier this year in the US for mobile transactions. [Google Commerce via Macworld]



    Does this mean Australians can now use Google Wallet for mobile payments by combining the hack and google checkout functionality?

    This tech is kinda worrying in a way as Mythbusters were shut down from dedicating a show to testing RFID technology by credit card companies who lawyered up big time.

    The thing I like the best about Google Wallet is that, unlike many of its competitors, it would allow users to link all of their cards, regardless of brand (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) to their Google Wallet accounts.

    From a consumer’s point of view, the best mobile wallet would store all of our cards, as well as cash and checks. What we would not want to have is a clutter of apps for each individual card type or even each card issuer. So Google is moving in precisely the right direction and I hope the promised future versions will build on that foundation.

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