Day 2 of Google I/O is well underway, and although the big keynote took place yesterday, that doesn’t mean that Google didn’t leave any tricks up its sleeve for today. Google announced three fairly large updates to mobile payments, and the one that I’m personally the most excited for is the ability to send money to friends and family members right through the Google Assistant.
“In the upcoming months”, as Google says, you’ll be able to simply say, “Ok, Google, send $20 to Bob for concert tickets” or anything else along those lines. The Google Assistant will then show you the contact you want to send money to, how much cash you’re about to send, and the last four digits of the debit card that the money will come from. All you need to do is then confirm the payment by either scanning your fingerprint or typing in your PIN/Password, and you’re all set.
All you need is a debit card linked to your Google account in order for this new feature to work, and Google also says that you’ll be able to send payments to people through your Google Home as well. We don’t know what kind of security confirmation (if any) you’ll need to go through when sending a payment through your Google Home, but this is info that Google will likely dive into as we get closer to the public release of the new feature.
We currently don’t have an exact release date for this latest trick from the Google Assistant, but with Google saying that this is a few months out and the expectation that Google will hold another “Made By Google” event this fall, our bet is that it gets rolled out around that time frame, if not sooner.