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Google Announces New Payment App

By Chris Crum

March 9, 2016

Google announced it is piloting a new payment app called Hands Free with South Bay residents. The goal is to let users pay in stores in completely hands-free fashion.

The app is available for both Android and iOS and works at a few McDonald's, Papa John's, and local eatery locations in South Bay. Those lucky enough to be able to use it can even get $5 off their first Hands Free purchase.

Senior director of product management Pali Bhat writes on the Google Commerce blog:

Once you've installed and set up the app, Hands Free uses Bluetooth low energy, Wi-Fi, and location services on your phone to detect whether you're near a participating store. When you're ready to pay, you can simply tell the cashier, "I'll pay with Google." The cashier will ask for your initials and use the picture you added to your Hands Free profile to confirm your identity. [...]

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