Google is testing new ‘Hands free’ mobile payment service

Google is testing new ‘Hands free’ mobile payment service

Tech giant Google announced the launch of its new experimental mobile payment service called ‘Hands Free’ this week. The new payment service gives users the ability to pay for items at stores without touching their smartphones.

Announcing the rollout of a pilot version of the Hands Free mobile payment service, Google said that Hands Free is an app -- available for the iOS and Android platforms -- which enables users to use voice commands for making purchases at a store.

Google said that the Hands Free service is initially being tested in a few select stores in the Bay Area.

In announcing the launch of the experimental Hands Free service, Google said that the hands-free mobile payment mechanism detects the users’ presence at a particular store with the help of a number of sensors -- including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi -- in their smartphones.

To make payments for the purchased items, the users of the Hands Free app simply have to say at the cash counter, "I'll pay with Google," and provide their initials to the cashier. Thereafter, to complete the transaction, the identity of the users is verified by the cashier, by checking the photo linked to their Hands Free account.