After finally revealing Android Pay to the world at its annual developer’s conference yesterday, technology powerhouse Google also announced it’s testing a hands-free payment service with McDonald’s.
Hands Free is a new app from Google that will allow you to make in-store payments without ever reaching for your phone or wallet. The California-based firm are rolling out a preview in select San Francisco Bay area stores later this year.
Those stores include two of the largest fast food restaurants in the United States – McDonald’s, and Papa John’s Pizza. The app is not yet available to the general public, but Google is offering merchants the chance to test the application in their stores.
The hands-free process is a simple one for customers. All they have to do is download the app onto their smartphones and enter one of the select restaurants. Customers stand in front of the cash register and say their name to the cashier. A Bluetooth sensor automatically detects whether they have the app and then bills them for their meal.
This is not the first attempt from a technology company to make hands-free available in restaurants. Card processing group Square terminated Square Order, an app that let consumers’ pre-order food and coffee for pickup from local businesses.
Check out this new video from Google, which gives you an insight into what Hands Free is all about.
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