Last week, Google has announced that they are currently working on a new Payment App called ‘Hands-Free’ which is currently in its testing phase. The idea is to minimize customer’s effort while making payment, and using this app, they even won’t need to put their hands on their pockets or wallets.
Sounds quite interesting! Lets know some more about this latest invention by Google.
In late 2015, Google had launched Android pay, a simple and secure way to pay through your Android phones which they averaged around 1.5 million new registrations each month in the U.S alone. Now, Google is all set and has taken a step forward and is piloting a new mobile payment app, which according to Google, is the future for mobile payment.
Imagine when you are in a store and have lots of carry bags with you, at that time, reaching to your wallet and making a payment for your orders feels such a troublesome work. Now, think of just walking into a store, without even needing to reach out to your pocket for cash, cards or even mobile. I know! you must be interested to know more.
The idea behind this app is that anyone can walk into a store, select their order, move to the payment counter requiring only their face and to confirm few detail for authentication purpose only, and DONE! You just made your payment through Google wallet. Hands free has just nascent and a pilot program is running in some selected stores in Silicon Valley area and is rolling out to a small number of McDonald’s, Papa John’s, and local eateries in the area.
Google has elaborated the payment process through Hands Free on their Blog.
Once you’ve installed and set up the app, Hands Free uses Bluetooth low energy, Wi-Fi, and location services on your phone to detect whether you’re near a participating store. When you’re ready to pay, you can simply tell the cashier, “I’ll pay with Google.” The cashier will ask for your initials and use the picture you added to your Hands Free profile to confirm your identity.
At some chosen stores, Google has experimented with Visual Identification for pacing up the payment process. For this, Google uses in-store camera for visuals to confirm your identity.
“Images and data from the Hands Free in-store camera are deleted immediately, can’t be accessed by the store, and is not sent to or saved to Google servers,” the company said.
If you are a resident of Silicon Valley then I would suggest that you participate in this test and share your feedback with Google. You can download this app on Google Play or the App Store and check the in-app store directory for merchant locations.
If you have already used this application, then please share your feedback with us.