Netease Tech, 4/15/11
Google China and Hangzhou-headquartered online payment processor Alipay held a joint press conference today to announce that Google had added support for Alipay digital certificates to its Chrome browser.
In March, Alipay announced the availability of digital certificates for non-IE-based browsers on its official blog, allowing Windows users of Firefox 3.6 or higher and Google Chrome 5.0 or higher to use Alipay certificates. Previously, the service had only supported browsers based on the IE rendering engine, requiring users of Firefox and Chrome to switch browsers or download a plug-in that would allow them to use IE from within their preferred browser.
Under the details of Google China and Alipay's partnership, Chrome users will be able to use Alipay's "Kuaijie Zhifu" ("Fast Pay") product to tie their Alipay accounts to their online banking usernames and passwords in order to make online payments without any need to log into their banks' websites. Regular Alipay payment services require users to click through to their online banking pages in order to complete transactions.
Google China declined to comment on whether it would cooperate with Alipay on Android Market payments or other products and services.