Remember when the carriers wouldn't allow Google Wallet on their phones? Since Google has already set up a payments infrastructure, it may as well use it for something.
The new Google Wallet app, like Apple's Passbook, contains loyalty cards for brick-and-mortar stores.
Chrome is about to support in-app payments for Chrome Packaged Apps thanks to the newly embeddable Chrome Wallet app. The process is currently only open to developers.
Google will retire its Checkout payment processing tool on Nov. 20, and warned retailers they will need to move to a different payment processing platform.
Google is integrating Gmail with Google Wallet so that users can send payments as a mail attachment, even if the recipient doesn't have a Gmail address.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the California Office of the Attorney General should investigate Google's Wallet service for sharing app buyers' personal information with app developers, a privacy group said.
A new version of Google Wallet is in the works and while few details about it are available, it appears that it will support multiple phone operating systems.