Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Google Offers Being Launched In Portland, Oregon

Today, Google announced that the company will be launching a beta version of their Groupon competitor Google Offers in Portland, Ore. tomorrow.

At the D9 Conference in Palos Verdes, California, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Stephanie Tilenius, Google’s VP of commerce, demonstrated the company’s new product. The new service is very similar to that of, Bing deals, Groupon or LivingSocail in that it provides users a daily deal from what is said to be “thousands of merchant partners.” For their initial demonstration Google showed off a deal for $10 worth of Floyd’s coffee for $3.

The big selling point for Google Offers is that it integrates seamlessly with Google Wallet, the company’s NFC-based payment system. Instead of printing out a coupon or barcode, completed offers are saved to a user’s Google Wallet, where they are automatically saved and redeemable. Eventually they will be utilized automatically through NFC.

Google Offers will be available tomorrow in Portland and eventually roll out to New York, San Francisco and other cities during the summer. You can learn more about Google Offers and sign up at google.com/offers.

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