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Google To Close Wallet API for Digital Products

Tim Maytom

online-checkoutDespite the boost in profile NFC payment systems have received from the launch of Apple Pay, Google has elected to stop accepting digital purchases through its Google Wallet API system.

The system will continue to run until 2 March 2015, but from then onwards digital products will no longer be accepted. Google cited the changing payments landscape that offered consumers many new options as its reason behind closing the service, and has made no indications that a replacement service is planned.

Google Wallet for physical purchases (both online and in-store) will continue to run as normal, and Google Wallet will remain the payment system used within Google's Play Store, which offers a variety of digital content, and for in-app payments, which will doubtless be a relief for app developers.

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