"Imagine paying for things without lifting a finger. No digging around for cash, credit cards, or loose change. Just tell the cashier you'd like to pay with Google, and you're good to go."
This is the promise of Hands Free
, a new pilot program from Google available in the South Bay area of San Francisco. While Android Pay will presumably do the job for anyone walking around town with their phone glued to their hand, Hands Free covers that segment of Android users who's hands are full.
At first glance it seems very similar to using PayPal
, but without PayPal's necessary step of "checking in" so that the cashier can identify you. There's a lot more technology behind Hands Free, though—including Bluetooth Low Energy, WiFi and
Google's Location Services.