- Google has confirmed it is testing a new ‘Voice Assistant’ feature that can authorize transactions through Voice Match biometrics according to Android Police.
- To access the feature, users have to go to the Google app -> More -> Settings -> Google Assistant -> You -> Payments.
- For iOS users, open your Google Assistant app and select your profile picture in the upper right. Then select You > Payments > Confirm with Voice Match.
Google has confirmed it is testing a new ‘Voice Assistant’ feature that can authorize payments through Voice Match biometrics according to Android Police. The Tech-giant explained that this is part of a limited pilot that Google is running on Smart Displays and speakers, with what you can buy (and confirm via voice) limited, and changing “depending on the good or service.”
Already, Google Assistant has your payment method and delivery address stored on its servers, so when making a purchase, users have the security option on an Assistant smart device to “verify it’s you before paying,” which involves receiving a prompt on your phone and authorizing via fingerprint/face unlock.
This feature which was detected by the publication in Google Assistant’s Payments and Security settings dashboard is part of a limited test pilot.
To access the feature, users have to go to the Google app -> More -> Settings -> Google Assistant -> You -> Payments. For iOS users, open your Google Assistant app and select your profile picture in the upper right. Then select You > Payments > Confirm with Voice Match.
The “Confirm with Voice Match” option might not be available on all devices yet, however, if enabled, it opens a setup screen with a Google account password confirmation. Android Police warns that the process is not successful for everyone as the feature is limited to in-app digital purchases through Google Play and restaurant orders.
A Google representative also confirmed that the ‘Confirm with Voice Match feature’ is part of a trial for Assistant-enabled speakers and smart displays. The representative explained that Fingerprint and face identification are not an option on voice-only devices such as smart speakers. And the new Voice Match purchasing feature applies to all of your Google devices and not just the smartphone according to the settings.
Last month, Google introduced an enhanced Voice Match setup process to identify a speaker more accurately. Originally, speakers would have to say the “Hey Google” wake word command several times and the system would create a voice model profile for each user from those recordings. The upgraded Voice Match asks users to speak four full sentences that are also commands they could use on Google Assistant. These enable Google to create a more precise voice model that actually resides on the local devices according to support documentation.
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