Google have their own spiffy video regarding online payments:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EEOWbIqQdE
So *we* here all see the benefits of a decentralized system like bitcoin - but will the consumers and merchants?
One of google's strengths is making things easy, which for the average merchant/consumer bitcoin is not.
Is bitcoin's success going to be less about the ideals of freedom and decentralization and more about the practical aspect of what payment system gets the most share of the mobile market?
Google need only add user-to-user payments, and suddenly, to a lot of people - it's all just one payment system vs another... convenience wins.
Will the fact that bitcoin is fundamentally different simply be lost on the general public?
Could a perceived edgy/underground/political nature of bitcoin work against it?
If any centralized system can gain worldwide domination, it'll surely be google. Bitcoin might have the edge as far as sneaking into China via the back door - but is it enough?