Google Hands Free Payments Being Tested In Bay Area

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Google Hands Free Payments

Paying via NFC with your smartphone is just becoming a concept the average consumer is becoming used to hearing about, and now Google Hands Free Payments wants to rattle that cage. Google is currently testing a new type of payment system in the San Francisco area that allows you to pay with your voice. The system works by setting up your credit card information and inputting a photo in the application. When you arrive at a participating store you inform the cashier you’d like to pay with Google, the cashier verifies your identity by asking you your initials and using the photo on your Google account.

Google is also working with stores on cameras that can identify you using your profile photo, and the app uses Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and location services to know when you’re in a store that accepts Google Hands Free Payments. The technology and concept was talked about last year and now Google is moving on to the testing phase so don’t expect this to be rolled out on a large scale just yet. There’s a lot of things to work out including potential identity theft scenarios and other privacy issues.

NFC payments are becoming more popular with Android Pay and Apple Pay so expect to see both Google and Apple fostering that payment method for a bit longer. Google Hands Free Payments is an interesting concept but there will most certainly be those who question how far they want to go for convenience versus privacy. Maybe we’re getting closer to living Minority Report than we think?

What do you think of Hands Free Payments? Is this something you’d embrace? Do any privacy or security concerns come up in your mind? Are you currently testing Google’s new payment method? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

  Source: Mashable
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