Google Wallet May Be Coming to the UK

According to reports, Google is all set to launch their contact-less mobile payment platform in the UK during the Olympic Games 2012.

A week ago French newspaper Les Echos reported that Google is engaged in talks with various UK firms for expanding their Near Field Communications (NFC) based Google Wallet into Europe through a UK trial held during the first quarter of 2012.

These rumours led to presumptions that Google will be launching their special package for the Olympic Games 2012. There are also news regarding various discussions with distributors, retailers and banks which eventually will make way for smartphones run by Google's Android OS featuring the NFC chip for authorising payments.

UK consumers have already proven their interest in mobile shopping and payments based on the success of Orange's UK wallet, Barclay card's current contact-less credit card and growing demand for e-commerce via smartphones, as reported by IT Pro.

Stephen Rosenthal, communications and public affairs manager at Google UK, commented that, "I'm afraid we don't comment on speculation. We've nothing to add at the moment on Google Wallet."