Google to kill a part of its Google Wallet API

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Google on Thursday announced it is soon going to retire a part of its 2012 launched Google Wallet API for digital goods.

According to a notice posted on the Google Wallet developer site, developers using Google Wallet to accept payments for digital goods on their website will have until March 2nd, 2015 to find and implement a new payment processor.

“When we first launched Google Wallet for digital goods, we wanted to make it simple for users and merchants to buy and sell online. The industry has matured a lot since then, providing a number of alternative payment solutions to choose from,” Google noted.

“As we continue to evolve and improve our merchant tools to meet new market challenges in the payments space, we are writing to let you know we will be retiring the Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015.”

The search engine giant however confirmed that Google Wallet will continue to remain the payment system used on the Google Play Store, for everything from apps, books to devices.

Google has also clarified that it has no plans of informing Google Wallet buyers about the switch through any email or notifications and that any Wallet users who attempt to buy a digital good on a website after the March 2nd deadline will simply get a 404 error message upon checking out.

The company noted that it won’t be offering a replacement processing solution for digital goods on websites, instead it is encouraging retailers to research for payment processing solutions that will best fit the needs of their buyers.