Google Checkout Merges with Wallet for an Unified Purchasing Solution

Posted by at 12:37 am on November 17, 2011

While Google Music took center stage Wednesday, Google also said it was rolling Google Checkout into Google Wallet.  The change makes the system that handles NFC-based mobile payments the same that handles regular web  sales.  Android Market, Google+ games, and YouTube movie rentals will all use  Wallet, while a Wallet sign-in will work at any third-party store that takes  either the new format or Checkout.

The transition should be near-automatic for both  sides.  Stores can keep using Checkout until at least 2012.  Shoppers can  automatically switch over with their next purchase and use the Wallet page to control their information.

As of  Thursday, those who add a Citi MasterCard to Wallet for paying with their Nexus S 4G phone can use that same card for regular sales on the web.

A switch  to Wallet both drops Checkout’s older and at times complicated system and also creates an increasingly unified purchasing system.

 

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