Unlike some other terminated programs at the company, Google Checkout is simply being folded into the Google Wallet system to make things easier for everyone involved. If you currently use the Checkout service, you’ll be able to easily transition over to Wallet, and from thereon out you will only need to sign in with your username and password to pay for items without ever having to pull out your credit card or entering your shipping address. You can now access all of your information and history at wallet.google.com/manage.
Of course, changing a payment processing system for merchants just before the all important holiday shopping season may seem like insanity, and it would be if Google wasn’t taking that into account. Luckily merchants need not do anything to their payment systems for this to work, and after the beginning of the year they will only need to change some logos, but nothing else.
Typically when Google terminates a service it’s a sad day, but this one really makes sense: it’ll cut down on potential customer confusion, and allow them to market one brand name as opposed to saying “This one is for the Web, but this one is for mobile.”
What do you think about the combining of Google Checkout and Google Wallet?