Google Wallet just got a lot more popular thanks to Apple Pay, but one aspect of the service will soon be shut down. Rather quietly Google has revealed plans to shut down the Google Wallet API for digital goods. You’ll still be able to use Tap to Pay in the real world and buy Android apps, games, and other stuff from places like Newegg. This mainly affects things like Facebook games.
There has been no official announcement made except for a page on the Google Support site. Here’s a brief snippet:
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.
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.
If you’re a merchant you can check out the post to see what this means for you. We’re a little surprised to see Google abandon this aspect of Wallet. Just to clarify again: you will still be able to us Tap t Pay, buy Android apps, make in-app purchases, and those sort of things.
UPDATE: We’ve edited the text to clarify what exactly will be shut down.
[via Venture Beat]