Google Checkout Retires, Transitioning to New Google Wallet Merchant Center

With focus on the new Google Wallet Merchant Center, Google retiring Google Checkout over the next six months.

Google Checkout that was launched in 2006, is now discontinued. Google Checkout "will be retired as we transition to Google Wallet," Google announced.

"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," Google wrote.

Google Instant Buy API

Google notes that 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."

However, a small number of Google Play developers will see some changes:

  • "Developers using Google Checkout on their website to sell physical goods or services will no longer be able to use Checkout after November 20, 2013. We have provided some discounted migration options to help with this change. If you are a U.S. merchant selling physical goods and services who does have payment processing, you can apply for Google Wallet Instant Buy, which offers a fast buying experience to Google Wallet shoppers.
  • Developers who use the Google Checkout for the Notifications and/or Order Reports API(s) will need to migrate to replacement APIs, made available through Google Play, before November 20, 2013. Watch for announcements on the new APIs soon," Google writes.

Google last week at the I/O announced two enhancements to Wallet offering simple integration: "Instant Buy API, which 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. And,the new Wallet Objects API enables merchants to engage their customers with loyalty, offers, and more."