Google recently posted to their official blog:
"As the number of Google services has increased, we've continued to build on our core payment features and migrate to a standard process for people to buy our services with a Google Account. Examples of this migration include enabling users to buy Google Video content, Google Earth licenses, and Google Store items with their Google Accounts. We also just began offering similar functionality on Google Base. Looking ahead, we want to continue building payment services that meet the needs of Google users and advertisers. We expect to add payment functionality to Google services where our users need a way to buy online. For us, it's all about bringing our users a better online experience whether they're searching or buying."Frankly, I am a little aggravated by this post. For months there has been much excitement amongst the blogosphere about a new Google Payment's system. A new service to finally bring an end to PayPal's monopoly over small volume online payments. And when Google finally makes an announcement about this new program that there has been much speculation about, they tell us nothing. Is this service going to be offered to the general public or just Google Base users? Is it going to be ad supported and fee free (I would like that!)? How about some answers Google.