In December of 2010, Google tried to purchase Groupon for $6 billion. It didn’t work out. That’s when the development of Google Offers was brought to light. If Google can’t have Groupon, they’re going to do their best to push them out of the market. Google Offers, a deal-of-the-day service from the technology giant, is now live, but it’s not quite in the same vein as other social coupon sites, like LivingSocial and Groupon.
That’s because with Google Offers, once you buy an offer, it’s yours – it doesn’t matter if you’re the only one who buys it. Once it’s in your wallet (Google Wallet), it’s valid no matter what. Like LivingSocial and Groupon, the deals are mainly for local businesses. So, if your area doesn’t have any deals yet, be patient. Google is still in the process of rolling out the service nationwide.
In addition to being able to browse for and buy deals, you can receive daily deal notifications, and see featured deals. And, in the tree-saving department, printing deals out is unnecessary. Redemption can be handled via the Google Offers app from your smartphone.
Right now, Google Offers is available only to Android phone users. Google promises to have an iOS version ready soon, too. Let’s just hope that turns out better than the recent Gmail App for Apple phones.