Mobile Payments Get Even More Frictionless with Google Hands Free

Google Hands Free artwork

“Imagine paying for things without lifting a finger. No digging around for cash, credit cards, or loose change. Just tell the cashier you’d like to pay with Google, and you’re good to go.”

This is the promise of Hands Free, a new pilot program from Google available in the South Bay area of San Francisco. While Android Pay will presumably do the job for anyone walking around town with their phone glued to their hand, Hands Free covers that segment of Android users who’s hands are full.

At first glance it seems very similar to using PayPal, but without PayPal’s necessary step of “checking in” so that the cashier can identify you. There’s a lot more technology behind Hands Free, though—including Bluetooth Low Energy, WiFi and Google’s Location Services.

Here’s the video pitch from Google:

Android Central reports that in-store cameras at some stores will be used to recognize you, making payments potentially even faster. Nope, not creepy at all. And don’t think for a second that Hands Free will work with a rooted phone—at least until someone figures out how to defeat Google’s added security measures.

Still, if you reside in the Bay Area and frequent either McDonald’s or Papa John’s, you can grab Hands Free for Android or iOS (!) and take it for a spin. Be sure to let the rest of us know what you think…

Sources: Android Central, Google

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