From today users can now ask their Google Assistant to either send or request funds from their contacts. If it is your first time using the feature, you'll be walked through the process of setting up a Google Pay account. That's because Google Pay (née Android Pay) is now integrated into the Assistant. Google Assistant can guide people without Google Pay on how to set up an account. Once this has been determined, Files Go will the n prompt you to safely delete those files by taking you to the Free us Space interface in the Photo app on your device.
For more information or precise instructions you can check out the help page article Google has for sending or requesting money via Google Assistant.
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The service used to be two separate apps, dubbed Android Pay and Google Wallet. The recipient will need to be in your contacts and be signed up for Google Pay to cash out.
To get started with the new feature, just say "Hey Google, request $10 from John for the concert tonight" or "OK Google, send Shelley $25 for dinner last night". Transportation companies may use the blockchain to streamline delivery networks, while financial services firms use a tailored implementation to accelerate cross-border transactions.
By introducing a quirky way to pay friends back, and removing the friction of logging into online banking, Google is normalising itself in the world of payments. It's not clear what kind of authentication or confirmation will be required to send money if you're just talking to a speaker.
You can download Google Pay and Google Assistant from your mobile device's respective app store right now to try the feature out for yourself.
With the damage caused by major data hacks still fresh in the public consciousness (looking at you, Equifax), Google could use the promise of blockchain's near-impenetrable security to draw customers away from companies offering less secure, traditional cloud storage.