Google just announced that it’s shutting down Checkout as it transitions to Google Wallet. This change will affect Checkout merchants, Google Play developers, and Chrome Web Store developers.
Google Play developers and Chrome Web Store developers will automatically be transitioned to Wallet.
Checkout merchants can continue accepting payments until November 20, 2013. If you are a US based merchant, you can sign up for Google Wallet Instant Buy and transition to Wallet. If you are outside of the United States, you will unfortunately have to find a different payment solution.
Shoppers can continue to use Google Wallet to make purchases.
At Google I/O, Google made a number of Wallet announcements. You can now send money through Gmail with Wallet. Developers can use the Instant Buy API to ease the checkout process for their customers. The Google Wallet Objects API can be used by merchants to integrate their loyalty programs into Wallet.
Google Checkout first became available on June 28, 2006. It was released as an alternative service to PayPal. Android’s popularity boosted Checkout’s userbase. All paid Android developers were required to have a Checkout account. However, checkout never gained as much traction as PayPal.
Wallet was announced on May 26, 2011 as a NFC-based payment service that securely stores your credit cards, debit cards, and offers.