We’ve all been there before, at a pub, out for dinner, at a movie, and you or someone doesn’t have enough cash to cover their portion of the bill. Google is aiming to make collecting on and paying back IOUs easier with Google Assistant and Google Pay starting today.
To send money to someone in your contacts list, it’s as easy as saying “Hey Google, send Jane $15 for lunch today.” Likewise, asking for money is just as easy with a simple request like “Hey Google, request $20 from Sam for the show tonight.” There are two caveats here, of course. For starters, the person you are sending money to or requesting money from has to be in your contacts. Second, and the bigger caveat, is that you have to be signed up for Google Pay.
If you’re not signed up for Google Pay, the first time you try to send money to one of your contacts, you’ll be prompted to sign up for Google Pay. If the recipient already has a Google Pay account, they’ll receive a text message, notification, or email letting them know they have money waiting. Presumably, if they don’t, they’ll get an email prompting them to sign up so they can collect or send you money.
According to Google, the transfer of funds is pretty instantaneous. The new functionality is now available on Android and iOS smartphones in the U.S. and the company plans to expand the feature to voice-activated speakers, like Google Home, over the next few months.
What do you think about the added ability to send and receive money using Google Assistant and Google Pay? Is it a feature you’re likely to use? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Google