Square Cash adds P2P Bluetooth payments

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Square has added a feature to its Square Cash app that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to make payments to any nearby Cash customer.

Customers can discover people in close proximity and tap their name or photo to make a payment, opting to restrict this to know contacts or open it up to any user in the same area.

“Customers can now choose to make themselves visible to anyone in the same space as them, or just to friends,” the company explained. “The app can detect other Cash customers within 250 feet of the sender or recipient — making payments quick and convenient. The app update for iOS 8 also includes the ability to swipe a push notification to approve and reject a payment request.”

The same technology has already been implemented for Square Order. The app “lets you place an order in just a few taps from anywhere (like, as you’re rushing to your car), and pick it up whenever you’re ready,” the company added. “With first-of-its-kind arrival prediction technology, Square Order can tell when you’re close and alert the coffee shop to set your order in motion.

“When you arrive, it’ll be fresh, hot, and ready on the counter. No need to pay or tap — that’s already been taken care of in the app. Just pick it up and be on your way.”

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