More Google in Your Life: Google Payment Service on the Way?By Chris Weiss
Are you getting the idea that Google is like a hyperactive child with ADD? Sure, they’re good at search, but that doesn’t mean they do everything well. Take Buzz. Or Wave. Or the Nexus One. Or Google TV. Slow your role, Google!
But like any hyperactive child, Google won’t sit still long enough for anyone to discipline it. So it’s on to yet another venture.
According to BusinessWeek, Google is considering getting into the finance business with a new payment service. Like other similar offerings, Google’s system would let your phone tap into the payment infrastructure with near-field communications (NFC). Drop the credit card and swipe your phone.
And then big-brother-like Google will have just one more way to know all about you and your consumer preferences. They’ll know when and what you eat. Where you shop. How much money you spend in a given week. What types of things you buy. When you load up on tampons for that time of the month. And so on. Creepier and creepier that Google is.
Android Gingerbread already has some NFC functionality built in and Google will undoubtedly add to it. Rumor has it the Nexus S will be the launch phone for the payment service.