Google Checkout to check out

Merchants have six months to find another option, as the search giant looks to drive adoption of its revamped Wallet.

Google plans to shut down Google Checkout, its service for online payment processing, in six months, the company announced in a blog post Monday.

Even though Checkout was replaced by Wallet in 2011, it still has been an option for those merchants who are adamant about using the old service in their operations. But on November 20, that will come to an end. Google said by that time merchants who use Checkout will have two options: (1) move to another service, such as Google partners Braintree, Shopify, or Freshbooks, if they don't have their own payment processing, or (2) apply for Google Wallet Instant Buy if they do have payment processing.

"Today, we're letting Web merchants know that in six months, Google Checkout will be retired as we transition to Google Wallet -- a platform that enables merchants to meet the demands of a multiscreen world where consumers shop in stores, at their desks, and on their mobile devices," the company said in the blog post.

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