Google Wallet is just one of several products/technologies/devices we’ve seen roll out Stateside this year while we sit and twiddle our chubby little thumbs.
However, if French newspaper Les Echos (The Echoes, to you and me) is to be believed, Google might be bringing its Near Field Communication goodness to the UK in time for the Olympics.
Les Echoes suggests that Google has been in talks with UK firms to conduct Google Wallet trials in Q1 2012. Like the Telefonica Wallet trial in Spain, that’d involve getting local retailers and banks in on the action.
The search engine mob first announced Google Wallet back in May at Google I/O. Sprint customers with a Nexus S 4G were the first to get their hands on Google Wallet, in September this year. Google explains: “With Google Wallet, you can tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC).”
Google Wallet has already been beaten to the proverbial punch by Orange and Barclaycard, who launched the UK’s first NFC payment service in May. Instead of giving the smiley McDonald’s staff coinage, for example, you can simply tap your phone against the NFC thingy.
Maybe it’s a sign of getting old, but I’m not entirely convinced. And don’t even get me started on modern music.