Nearly one year after kicking off its Hands Free mobile payments trial, Google has revealed that its ending the test.
Google says that it’s shutting down the Hands Free app on February 8, almost one year after launching a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay Area. the company goes on to say that it’s using customer feedback to “bring the best of the Hands Free technology to even more people and stores,” and while Google won’t say what it’s got planned next, it does urge everyone to check out Android Pay in the mean time.
Google Hands Free was originally announced way back in May 2015. The goal of the service was to let you pay for things hands-free using the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and location services parts of your smartphone. After telling the cashier that you’d like to “pay with Google,” they would confirm your identity using the name and photo associated with your profile, and then you’d be good to go.
It’s kind of disappointing that the Hands Free trial only lasted a little less than a year and was only available in the Bay Area, because that means that many of us didn’t get to try the service. Here’s to hoping that when Google says that it’s working to bring Hands Free tech to more people and stores, that means that more of us will get to have a Hands Free-like experience in the future.
Did you ever try Hands Free?