A leaked memo from a US retailer confirms that Google is launching a near field communications (NFC) payment taking plan, dubbed Google Wallet, at an event later today.
We already knew that the search giant has plans for NFC, particularly since it sparked a rush for Android manufacturers to include the necessary chip in a host of recent handsets by including NFC in its flagship Google Nexus S.
But now we know the name of the scheme – Google Wallet – and that it will be launching in the US this summer, with at least one big-name retailer, The Container Store, on board.
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Other rumoured retailers to be taking part are Macy's and American Eagle, although it's not clear if the scheme will be US-wide or just in select cities.
It's also a safe bet that we'll see a few new NFC-toting apps pop up in the Android Market as a result of the new scheme.
There's no word yet on when, or indeed if, the scheme will make it to the UK, but we're hoping that Google will throw us a Euro-related bone at its event later today.
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