Google is testing the Hands Free app allowing customers to pay for all bought products without even needing to use their mobile phones and wallets. This pilot application, as the name indicates, allows customers to pay in shops easily, fast and without using their hands.
When people see a customer, in many circumstances, the experience seems quite difficult right now, even sometimes confusing, say Google’s specialists responsible for this project. They do not want the phone in their way nor the bank account and cash, since these are distractions that occur several times every day.
The Hands Free app is currently offered for customers on iOS and Android operating systems. The search engine affirms that even some Android gadgets working with older editions of the platform, even Jellybean ones, are suitable for this application.
This software was originally taunted in 2015, even if no release information was revealed for the app. Google said this week that the organization is welcoming all South Bay residents to test its latest payment service and offer opinions about the support.
The search giant is first launching the system, though, to some local restaurants in the city, like McDonald’s and Papa John’s. Once customers have set up and configured the app, it uses Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and place features on the devices to see whether these are near to shops involved in the program.
After people want to pay with the Hands Free app, they will inform the cashiers about it. The cashiers will ask for the client’s name and confirm the identity via the profile image they included within the application. Google also states that they are at the beginning of testing a visual recognition program to help for a quicker verification process.
It should instantly validate the clients’ recognition from the profile photo in the application through an in-store digicam. For people who believe that this might seem rather creepy, the search engine says that all pictures that the program catches are instantly removed.
Google will continue to develop the system powering their Hands Free app and they wait to read the customers’ reviews, said the company. The organization is also offering $5 discounts for the first acquisition of customers who will test the application at chosen shops.
If the new system is working, it could help the Android Pay service to grow even more. Google has over 1 million new monthly users in the US alone. In addition to it, there are over 2 million places using this payment service.
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