Google Checkout will be retired in six months, Google has announced. The service, which has been used by many web merchants as an alternative to PayPal and has been the default payment option for Google Play developers, is going away Nov. 20, 2013.
All Google Play developers will continue to be supported – or rather assimilated – to Google Wallet, according to the announcement.
For web merchants who need an online payment processing solution, Google has partnered with Braintree, Shopify, and Freshbooks, all of which are not free services. The partnerships, according to Google, have been made to offer merchants “discounted migration options.”
Google is also offering a “Google Wallet Instant Buy” solution as a “fast buying experience” for shoppers who use Google Wallet. An Instant Buy API is provided for merchants to start developing against for websites or Android apps.
Merchants will now also be able to take advantage of the Wallet Objects API to better engage with customers by offering loyalty programs, special coupon offers and more.
For shoppers, the experience hasn’t changed. Google Wallet will still be active to make purchases on Google properties as well as merchant apps and websites, as usual.
Google announced two enhancements to the Google Wallet platform that are simple to integrate. The Instant Buy API enables merchants to offer a fast buying experience to Google Wallet shoppers buying physical goods and services on their Android apps and websites, while processing their own payments. In addition, the new Wallet Objects API enables merchants to engage their customers with loyalty, offers, and more.
All Google Play developers will continue to be supported. Also, shoppers can continue to use Google Wallet to make safer and more secure payments anywhere they see the Google Wallet button.
What this means for Checkout merchants
Merchants can continue to accept payments using Google Checkout until November 20, 2013.
- If you don’t have your own payment processing, you will need to transition to a different solution within six months. To make things easier, we’ve partnered with Braintree, Shopify and Freshbooks to offer you discounted migration options.
- If you are a U.S. merchant that does have payment processing, you can apply for Google Wallet Instant Buy, which offers a fast buying experience to Google Wallet shoppers.
What this means for Google Play developers
Developers selling through other Google properties (such as Google Play, Chrome Web Store and Offers Marketplace) will continue to be supported and will automatically transition to the Google Wallet Merchant Center in the next few weeks.
What this means for shoppers
Shoppers can continue to use Google Wallet to make purchases on merchant apps and sites (such as Priceline, Uber, and Rue La La), as well as on Google properties, such as Google Play and Chrome Web Store. Just look for the Google Wallet button to make safer and more secure payments.
Finally, we’d like to thank our merchant partners that have used Google Checkout and we look forward to helping many more businesses grow with Google Wallet.
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