Google Assistant Offers Payment Features
By now we are all familiar with Google Assistant, Google’s offering in the space of virtual personal assistants to help you navigate each day smoothly and sans any hitch. To further increase its functionality, a new feature – a Payments setting – is on the cards.
The latest beta version (6.13) of the Google Assistant app hints at this rather promising feature, which will allow users to make payments using voice commands. This will include providing payment information such as the user’s personal details (address and phone number), as well as linking the credit card you would like to use to facilitate payment. Taking the security detail up a notch, the user would also be able to specify the devices they want to link to Google Assistant, to prevent unauthorised or unlawful usage, including online purchases.
At the moment, however, Google Assistant does not support payments directly, but only via service apps. What this exciting new feature will do is, introduce payment support for transactions made online, along the lines of what Amazon’s Alexa offers. The Payments option is visible under the Google Accounts settings, with a separate toggle allowing users to store data once the feature is introduced. This feature should help Google Assistant get even better and still more useful, and possibly make easier the way we make online payments.
While rumours of its release has been making the rounds since December 2016, it is only recently that more information is being made available, which makes it even more likely that the update will be made available sooner rather than later. However, if you’re waiting with bated breath for this launch, you may just have to wait a while longer – there is no official release date announced by Google as of now.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 15, 2017 10:55 AM UTC