Internet giant Google has upgraded the Google Assistant feature by adding the capability to send or request money using voice and Google Pay.
The functionality will be available free of cost to US users having Andriod devices or iPhones. Plans are also on to eventually incorporate the functionality into smart speakers such as Google Home.
“To get started, just say “Hey Google, request $20 from Sam for the show tonight” or “Hey Google, send Jane $15 for lunch today” and let your Google Assistant do the rest,” Google Pay product manager Sam Kansara said in a blog post.
In order to make money tranfers through Google Assistant, users need to set up Google Pay. Users without a Google Pay account will be prompted to install the app the first time they ask Assistant to send money.
The fund transfer process will be instant even for users without a Google Pay account, Google said.
“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,” Kansara stated.
Google Pay, rolled out last month, was created through the merger of Google’s different payment services including Android Pay and Google Wallet.