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Google Hands Free is now live in San Francisco

Google Hands Free payments now live in San Francisco
Google Hands Free now live
This new app that allows its users to make in-store payments without reaching for their phone or wallet has just entered in a public pilot stage in a few select South Bay stores.
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With Hands Free, Google is taking the next step in payment methods. After cash, credit card swipe, contactless payments, "traditional" mobile payment services, this new app allows payments without having to lay a single finger on the phone or wallet. Unfortunately, Google Hands Free is not ready for a full deployment yet, being only available in "select stores in South Bay, including McDonald's, Papa John's and local businesses to pilot the experience."

Once the user installs the app, a photo is needed for identification, while adding a new credit card is not required, since one already attached to the Google account can be used. The app uses Bluetooth LE and WiFi to pass the required information to the point-of-sale system and initiate the transaction. According to the official website, the app requires at least Android 4.2 Jelly Bean-powered or iPhone 4S handsets.

Hands Free is not related to Android Pay, and first purchase completed using it comes with a $5 USD discount that is automatically applied by the system.

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Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5436 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03- 3 (Update: 2016-03- 3)