Hands Free is Google’s new payment app that gives you the ability to make in-store purchases without pulling out your credit card or phone. Hands Free is still in beta and only operates in a limited number of stores in South Bay at this time. It is available for download on Android and iPhone.
How Does Hands Free Work?
According to Google Hands Free uses location services, WiFi, and other sensing methods to detect when your phone is near a store that is participating.
To make a purchase inside of participating stores you tell the cashier that you want to pay with Google. The cashier can confirm your identity using your initials and your photo that will be on your Hands Free profile. After the purchase you will receive a notification with the details of the transaction.
Is Hands Free Safe?
Hands Free has a number of safety features built in.
The Hands Free app will not give a store your full credit card information when you make a purchase. Your payment details will only be shared with the payment processor. You can only be charged when your phone with the Hands Free app is near the store. You are instantly notified of all purchases and any suspicious activity will require you to verify the transaction.
Hands Free is a convenient app that allows you to make purchases without the hassle of going for your wallet or pulling out your phone. It is fast and easy, but also comes with a number of security checks to make sure your shopping experience is safe.
Currently Hands Free is only in beta and accessible to a small area. In addition it will only work with participating stores once it goes live. This could mean a limited number of participating businesses.
Release Date and Cost
As of right now there is no information regarding the possible cost of Hands Free. Currently it is free to download for beta, and it may well stay free for use. There is no announced release date as of yet.