Google Plaso could be new voice-activated mobile payment system


A new report from The Information indicates Google has started testing a new mobile payment solution called “Plaso”. The system apparently relies on a voice-activated method for security that involves users saying their initials when they are at the cash register. This trigger helps the hardware at the cash register identify and connect to the correct smartphone to accept payment. Since they were mentioned specifically, it appears Google may have been testing the new system with Papa John’s and Panera Bread as they look for ways to take mobile payments in a new direction.

The need for a change from the current methods that involve tapping phones on terminals seems to have been triggered by Apple’s entry into the mobile payment space with their Apply Pay platform last year. That new entry has put pressure on the Google Wallet solution which had been Google’s standard bearer for payments made from Android phones. To try to not only encourage further adoption of mobile payment systems, but distinguish Android based solutions from their competitors, it looks like Google is searching for ways to make the payments even easier.

source: The Information
via: 9to5Google

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