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Google Shuts Down It’s Hand’s Free Payment App

Google has announced that they will be shutting down Hands-Free, which was an experimental payment app that would allow you to pay for items by simply saying “I’ll pay with Google” to a cashier on February 8th.

The issue was not necessarily with the technology, as Google stated that they do plan to “bring the best of the Hands-Free technology to even more people and stores,” therefore this means we will most likely see the Hands-Free technology integrated into Google’s Android Pay.

Hands-free was meant to be a seamless way to streamline the purchasing process by cutting out the need to physically get out a card or interact directly with the cashier. The issue with this wasn’t the method but rather the platform, Google’s Android pay which is wildly successful has taken off but Hands-Free was only used in a couple of McDonald’s and Papa John’s in South Bay, CA.

While Google’s plan for a seamless shopping experience appears to be on hold while they shift the code over to Android pay, Amazon is going to launch its own cashier-less Amazon Go grocery store this year, which takes the same principle of Hands-Free, but it is truly a grab and go store!

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Scott Hartley is the developer and owner of The Daily Exposition who is also a tech enthusiast and writes the majority of content found on the website. When he isn’t keeping up to date with the latest and breaking technology news, he is working on his own WordPress plugins, themes, or out exploring the world.

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