Overall, Siri still mostly keeps to itself, but the last few months have seen Apple start to integrate its voice activated digital assistant to third parties. During the Worldwide Developers Conference held back in June earlier this year, the tech giant had confirmed that creators of mobile apps could allow owners of iPhone and iPad devices to send and even receive cash by way of Siri, with a couple of apps (Monzo and Square Cash) becoming the first to take full advantage of that particular capability. This time around, some of the bigger names in the payments business are now joining in on the fun. PayPal, an established veteran in this field, is one of them, having revealed that it too now allows customers in more than 30 countries around the world to send and receive cash through Siri with just a simple voice command.
To date, the feature is now made available in countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Plus, the feature also comes with support for a wide range of languages, and is capable of detecting the accounts of the user’s contacts either through their email address or contact number.
In order to get started, PayPal users will have to link Siri with their PayPal accounts. Specifically, they will need to give PayPal access to their Contacts, and then confirm their identity via two factor authentication, with a code provided through text. Upon completing these steps, they can then start commanding Siri to send money. Siri in turn will produce a card that recaps the details of the money transfer, and then ask the user to confirm (or cancel) the transaction. It is good to remember that for safety reasons, the iOS mobile device being used should be unlocked first, so other people will not be able to steal cash and send it to themselves without the user’s knowledge and permission.
Sending cash is the most common transaction done through PayPal. As a matter of fact, the company revealed through a recent blog post that it facilitated $41 billion in money transfer transactions through its main PayPal app, as well as through its Venmo and Xoom services. And with the busy holiday shopping season fast approaching, PayPal is expecting over 17 million similar transactions during the next month alone.
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