This new feature has been spotted in the Assistant’s Payments and Security settings pane on select devices. According to reports, many of Google’s supporting documents and policies have been updated to reference this new feature.
Google’s Voice Match technology through Google Assistant will be its next pathway to hands-free shopping, adding a feature that has long been standard on Amazon’s Alexa. That being said, the Alexa purchasing confirmation was built as a closed shopping system only able to work on Amazon’s e-commerce platform.
It is still unknown which services or products the Google feature will support. For the time being, it is limited to restaurant orders and in-app digital purchases through Google Play.
Google believes their solution will be much more secure than Alexa, with Voice Match essential to validating the user’s identity. This means they could add the feature to any and all home assistant devices that utilises Google’s digital assistant. Many smart home devices lack fingerprint scanners or secure facial recognition, so adding features through software makes sense.
It’s not clear when the feature will become available to everyone, but we do know that the latest Android 11 beta will be launched on June 3rd. It would’ve been launched at Google I/O, but as we all know live launch events and conference won’t continue for the foreseeable future due to the global pandemic. Luckily, Google will still host their event in an online-only setting.
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