Google Assistant Can Now Pay for Lunch

Google Assistant Can Now Pay for Lunch
Google's intelligent assistant can now make and receive payments using Google Pay.

(CCM) — Google's Assistant has become a personal banker who can settle up debts with friends, the company announced today.

With a phone running iOS or Android, users in the U.S. can issue a simple voice command to request money from contacts or send money to them via Google Pay, the payment system that the company launched in February. The feature will be extended to voice-activated speakers like Google Home in the coming months.

"To get started, just say 'Hey Google, request $20 from Sam for the show tonight' or 'Hey Google, send Jane $15 for lunch today' and let your Google Assistant do the rest," Sam Kansara, the product manager for Google Pay, explained in the announcement.

Users who have not signed up for Google Pay already will be prompted to do so the first time they ask the Assistant to send money to a contact, and funds will be transferred almost immediately even if the recipient does not have a Google Pay account, Kansara said. They will then receive an email, a text message, or a notification if they already have the Google Pay app installed, so they know that they have been paid.

Google Pay was launched as a direct competitor to Apple Pay, replacing Android Pay and incorporating Google Wallet, an earlier attempt by Google to launch a digital payment platform.

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