Google Offers went live on Wednesday in its test market, Portland, OR. Users can sign up for other areas, but Google said in April that Portland would be the first city to see the daily discount offers, although it is possible to be pre-register for other locations.
Google Offers is similar to Living Social, Groupon, and other such services. Google last year tried to acquire Groupon for $6 billion, but the site turned the offer down. Shortly after that, Google announced Google Offers.
The first daily deal from Google Offers was from a coffee shop called Floyd's Coffee. Floyd's Coffe was established seven years ago, by husband-and-wife Jack Inglis and Cris Chapman. In addition to coffee, they have espresso, breakfast burritos and more. There are two locations: one in Portland's Old Town and another in Buckman.
Google Offers will be tightly integrated with Google Wallet, the company said when it unveiled the mobile payment service last week.
Whenever an end user buys or saves a Google Offer, it will automatically sync to their Google Wallet, so that their offers are always with them. That should make "redemption" easier. For now, however, Google Wallet will be in test markets (New York, Portland ... which makes sense ..., and San Francisco, with other cities to follow) this summer, using only Sprint devices to start.