There are reports that Google Wallet’s first departure outside the US will be in the UK to take advantage of next year’s Olympic games in London.
If Google feels that Wallet has shown enough promise since launch in the US, then it would make sense for it to start testing it on other markets. And with other providers, such as Lloyds Bank and VISA looking to introduce wide-scale contactless payments during the Olympic games, then there should be plenty of interest in this way of paying for goods and services.
By starting at the beginning of next year it may also help to steal a march on Apple’s inevitable entry into mobile payments, whether that’s through an NFC-enabled iPhone 5 or another method they might break onto the market.
Here’s Google Wallet in action:
- Android Pay Launching In The UK (March 23, 2016)
- Contactless Spending Hits £1 Billion (February 17, 2016)
- UK Consumers “Save 34 Years A Month” By Using Contactless Cards (August 31, 2016)
- 10% Of Card Payments Are Now Contactless (December 31, 2015)
- Is Your Contactless Card Being Scanned Without You Knowing? (February 19, 2016)