Owe your friend money for last night’s movie tickets? Good news! You can pay him/her right back! Google just announced it’s now possible to money to your friends by asking your Google Assistant.
The feature is rolling out for Android and iOS devices in the US. Users will be able to say something like “Send John $2 for movie ticket” and the Assistant will swiftly make the transfer via Google Pay. Users can also request money by saying “Hey Google, request $10 from Sara for pizza”.
Make payments using your voice
And while you need to have a Google Pay account to send money, you don’t need one to receive the funds. People with a Google Pay account will receive a notification when a new payment is received.
Don’t worry about setting up an account, you’ll be guided through the steps of creating one by your trusty Google Assistant when you ask to make your first payment.
For security, transactions using the Assistant will require proper authentication using your fingerprint or Google password.
Transactions will show up in your Google Pay Send history, so you can check them later. Last month Google announced the merging of Android Pay and Google Wallet into a single service called Google Pay.
Yet, because Google’s intention is to slowly integrate Wallet into Google Pay over the upcoming months, Google Wallet has been renamed to Google Pay Send for now. Quite confusing, we know.
Anyway, in the official press release, Google said the new payment option will also be coming to its smart speakers in the coming months. So owners of Google Home, Home Mini or other Google Assistant-powered speakers will be able to send money simply by asking the virtual helper.
A few days ago Google rolled out another feature for its newly unified mobile payments app. Starting this week, riders will also be able to board the Las Vegas Monorail using Google Pay on their Android phones.