Google Checkout LogoAs you may be aware our web based room scheduling software contains a feature allowing your clients to directly pay their invoices online for the hire and use of your rooms, facilities, and resources.

Since MIDAS v3.10 back in 2010 when we first introduced this feature, we supported allowing your clients to pay their invoices using either PayPal or Google Checkout.

Unfortunately, as of MIDAS v4.07 we have now removed – the now defunct – Google Checkout support from our software.

Google Checkout first came into being in 2006 with the aim of simplifying the process of paying for online purchases. Users would store their credit or debit card and shipping information in their Google Account, so that they could make purchases without having to re-enter this information each time, and secure in the knowledge that their card details wouldn’t be made available to the seller.

As one of PayPal‘s main competitors, over time the transaction fees for using Google Checkout – which were initially free – became identical to PayPal’s fees, as did many of each platform’s features such as providing fraud protection and the ability for customers to track their purchases.

So whilst PayPal and Google Checkout were in direct competition offering quite similar services, there were a number of differences.

On the plus side, once a merchant received a payment via Google Checkout it would be automatically withdrawn to the merchants bank account, whereas PayPal required merchants to manually withdraw funds to their bank account. On the downside, PayPal supported transactions in multiple currencies; Google Checkout only accepted payments in the currency that the merchant’s bank account was in. It was not possible for Google Checkout merchants to accept multiple currencies.

Google Wallet Logo In 2011, Google then announced a “rebrand” of Google Checkout to “Google Wallet”, but the Checkout services offered remained the same.

However, in late November 2013, Google Checkout was discontinued and the nature of “Google Wallet” shifted.

Google Wallet has now become a method for making and accepting payments exclusively for apps and in-app purchases via the Google Play Store. It can no longer be used as an online payment processor for anything else.

Due to this new direction in which Google have taken their Google Wallet service, the previous functionality we were able to offer in MIDAS – the ability for clients to pay their invoices online using Google Checkout/Wallet – now no longer works, and we have therefore removed all Google Checkout/Wallet integration as of MIDAS v4.07.

It would be nice to see Google reconsider their stance as an online payment processor solely for their own app store, as the more competition there is, the more choice their is for both consumers and merchants alike. That said, there are numerous other online payment processors that have sprung up in recent times; solutions such as Amazon Payments, and Stripe (which incidentally is now our preferred card payment processor for purchases made through our website – read more here)

Going forward, we continue to support PayPal as a method to allow your clients to directly pay their invoices online for use of your rooms/facilities. In fact, we’ve also improved this support for v4.07 too! If you allow your clients to pay their invoices online via PayPal, you can now have PayPal automatically update the status of their invoices within MIDAS once payment has been made, so you’ll no longer have to manually update invoices yourself! For more information, please see: Configuring PayPal Integration

We’re also keen to hear if there are any other online payment processors you’d like us to consider supporting in future updates to MIDAS. Let us know in the comments below…