The Google Assistant gains another useful skill: peer-to-peer money transfers.Image: raymond wong/mashableBy Raymond Wong2018-03-22 15:58:40 UTC
The Google Assistant just learned another new trick: Sending money to your friends.
The new peer-to-peer money transfer feature lets iOS and Android users use Google’s digital assistant to send and receive money to each other using Google Pay (formerly Android Pay and Google Wallet).
According to Google, sending money to friends and family is free and works with two easy voice commands.
To send money, say “Hey Google, send Jane $15 for lunch today.” And to request money, say “Hey Google, request $20 from Sam for the show tonight.” Transactions require authentication with a fingerprint or passcode.
At the moment it only works through the Assistant on Android and the iOS app, but support for “voice-activated speakers like Google Home” will arrive in the coming months.
“Funds are transferred almost instantaneously, even if the recipient doesn’t have a Google Pay account. Your friends and family will receive an email, text message, or notification if they’re already have the Google Pay app installed, so they can cash out.”
The new feature is yet another way for users to send and receive money from friends. As if we didn’t already have way to many ways such as Venmo, Cash, Snapcash, Apple Pay Cash, and more.
It’s also a step ahead of Siri. While you can ask Siri to send money, it’ll ask you which app to use. Google Assistant’s direct money transfer through Google Pay simplifies the process — so long as you’re all okay with using Google Pay.