Google Previewing Hands Free Payments In San Francisco Bay Area

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Tired of fumbling for change or trying to get the right card out of your wallet when it comes time to pay for a purchase? Google just may have the solution. A new site has emerged which indicates that Google is going to be previewing Hands Free Payments at select merchants in the San Francisco Bay Area later this year. Currently only McDonald’s and Papa John’s are listed, but there is a form to sign out if you are a business owner and are interested in being part of the test.

The process looks and sounds really simple, all you have to do is tell the cashier you’d like to “Pay with Google” and your purchase will be completed. Details are light at the moment on how exactly this works, and what it requires you are carrying at the time. It could be that your phone recognizes your voice and then sends a signal to the merchant device, or it could be something entirely different. Google claims it is secure though, so we’ll just have to wait and see what’s involved in the process once the test phase launches.

When you make a purchase, your full card details will not be shared with stores. Once you complete a purchase, you’ll receive an instant notification right on your phone.

We’ll also alert you to any unusual activity so you can go hands-free and be worry-free.

What do you think about the next step in paying for your purchases? Would you use a voice activated “Pay with Google” service or do you feel more comfortable sticking with your debit and credit cards, NFC, or cash to pay? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Google
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