Google has officially pulled the plug on its Hands Free mobile payment program, a scheme that basically allows Android users to pay wirelessly without ever having to worry about pulling out a card or even a handset. This project ran only in the South Bay area of the city of San Francisco in California. It worked by first recognizing if a user is inside a participating business establishment by way of his mobile device’s location services. When the user utters the phrase “paying with Google,” Hands Free then facilitates the transaction via a Bluetooth LE or via Wi-Fi connection, and then the store’s cashier will only validate the purchasing through the user’s photo ID.
Google is already in the process of deploying its Hands Free program, which basically is a voice operated mobile payment app (separate from the tech giant’s own Android Pay mobile payment system) that allows consumers to pay for stuff they purchased without having to pull their smartphones out from their pocket or bag. The service is being rolled out in a pilot in the Southern San Francisco Bay Area starting this week.
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