Google Checkout and QR codes may change the way you pay

Paying with your phone has long been a desire of shoppers and like many of our desires, Google might have the answer. A new extension released this week from Google makes it possible for shoppers to use their Android mobile phone to make a payment through Google Checkout.

The Android Payment Chrome Extension allows a shopkeeper to populate their storefront with items and send a shopping cart to the customer's Android powered phone with a QR code. QR codes are a special type of bar code that can be easily created on a computer and then scanned with a smartphone camera. From there, the customer completes the purchase using the credit card they have on file with Google Checkout.