Google is currently testing the use of Voice Match to validate payments with voice. This new feature, intended for Google Home connected speakers, is currently being tested with a limited number of users.
Soon it will be possible to make purchases with your Google Home connected speaker without ever touching your smartphone. Google is currently extending the Voice Match feature of its wizard to validate payments. Android Police spotted the new option, which was discreetly launched to a handful of users.
Voice Match is a feature that allows you to associate your voice with a connected speaker or screen to get personalized results. The voice assistant is able to distinguish up to six different voices. Google seems to have greatly improved its voice recognition system to the point where it seems confident enough to use it as a biometric tool to confirm payments, in the same way as facial recognition or fingerprinting.
An imminent consumer launch?
This new feature is designed primarily to make shopping easier with connected devices that do not incorporate a camera or fingerprint reader. However, payments are still limited to purchases in applications via Google Play, and restaurant orders. The option can be enabled on Android, iPhone and iPad in the settings of the Google application, as shown on the help page.
A lot of information is still unclear. Voice Match purchases will be subject to a maximum amount and a limited number of transactions per day, but no numbers have been provided at this time. The company has not yet given a date for the general public launch. However, the announcement could take place during the online conference on June 3rd for the launch of the Android 11 beta.