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Google Checkout retiring in November

Google's spring cleaning continues with this week's announcement that Google Checkout will be retired in autumn to make way for Google Wallet.

Checkout merchants can continue to accept payments until 20 November, when the service will close its doors forever.

In an effort to ease retailers' pains, Google has partnered with Braintree, Shopify, and Freshbooks to offer discounted migration options for those without payment processing. Interested users can join Google's live webinar on Thursday for more details.

Google Play developers won't be left out in the cold. According to Justin Lawyer, senior product manager for Google Wallet, developers selling through properties like Google Play, the Chrome Web Store, and Offers Marketplace will continue to be supported, and will automatically transition to the Google Wallet Merchant Center soon.

Shoppers, meanwhile, can keep making purchases on apps and sites, as well as various Google properties, with Google Wallet.

"Just look for the Google Wallet button to make safer and more secure payments," Lawyer said in a blog post.

Google Wallet was built to simplify commerce for buyers and sellers, and benefit what product manager Mark Thomas called "the entire ecosystem."

"Helping merchants benefit from the growing consumer adoption of mobile commerce is where we believe we can make the most impact," Thomas wrote in a separate blog post. "And that's why today we're focusing our efforts on the new Google Wallet Merchant Center and retiring Google Checkout over the next six months."

Those selling apps or in-app products in Google Play can expect an email notification when access to the new Wallet Merchant Center is available. All retailers should make the transition in the next few weeks.

During last week's I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google unveiled a number of updates to Wallet, including the ability to make payments via email and support for more loyalty cards. Now integrated with Gmail, users who have linked Google Wallet to their bank account or have a balance can send money via the email service without a fee. Recipients don't have to be on Gmail, but must have a Google Wallet account.

Google also launched two new APIs — Instant Buy Android, which speeds up purchases made on Android, and Google Wallet Objects API, which allows more developers to connect loyalty programmes to the Wallet service.