Google has chosen the UK as the second market for its mobile wallet service, with a trial set for early next year ahead of the London Olympics, according to press reports.
The search engine giant officially launched Google Wallet in the US in September and has been gradually rolling out the technology since then.
According to French newspaper Les Echos, it is now talking to banks and French point-of-sale vendor Ingenico about a planned London pilot of the system in the first quarter ahead of a full roll out by the Olympics.
Official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sponsors Lloyds TSB, Visa and Samsung are already working on a special Games contactless mobile payments handset.
The Google Wallet soon in Europe - Les Echoes (French)