blog Well, we can’t say we’re surprised, but yet again search giant Google has decided to launch a new service exclusively in the US, leaving Australia out in the cold. This time it’s the company’s mobile payments solution, which is based on the Near Field Communications chips that all the cool smartphones are getting these days (well, apart from Samsung’s Galaxy S II, apparently). The iTech Report writes:
“Google Wallet is currently in a field test in the US only,” a spokesperson from Google Australia said. “We don’t have specific dates to announce today but will keep you posted as we make progress.”
Now sure, we know this is only a trial, but as we’ve previously noted several times, Google’s continual US focus — and the fact that some of the products and services which it launches never end up coming to Australia, where the search giant has a large presence and we love its products — has started to grate a bit. And as we’ve been discussing this week, Australia is a very enthusiastic early adopter of both smartphones with nice NFC chips, as well as the Mastercard PayPass system which Google is using for Wallet.
A quick search of … well, Google, shows PayPass is supported by many large Australian retailers — and that’s without a more detailed scan to see what’s out there. We’ve been seeing these terminals pop up recently quite a bit.
Also, Google, we should point out … Apple always launches all of its products globally. Do you want to be less cool than Apple? Do you? That’s right. You don’t. You want to be cool, and launch things in Australia, so we think you’re cool. That’s cool.
On a more positive note, we also wanted to highlight this particular article, because it was on the iTech Report, a relatively new Australian technology news site which has been kicking goals and taking prisoners recently. You know we love the Australian focus; so check it out here and get subscribed.