Google Wallet Coming To Glass To Enable “Send Money” Via Voice Command

new-glass-framesAccording to a source who spoke with TechCrunch, Google Wallet is coming to Google Glass. The idea is to enable users to send money to friends, family and others through Glass-based voice commands.

Last year at the Google developer conference, I/O, the company introduced the ability to send money through Gmail. It’s a simple, almost frictionless process. Square also offers a similar way (“Square Cash”) to send money to friends/family.

It’s not clear how many people are taking advantage of the send money feature in Gmail. Google hasn’t shared any data to my knowledge; and since I never hear about it I would guess the numbers are fairly low.

Devotees of Glass may appreciate the new capability. However Glass itself continues its bumpy rollout to a broader audience.

Google’s recent public sale of Glass apparently went well. But mainstream consumer interest in Glass remains very mixed or limited.

In March Google announced a partnership with Luxottica, which owns the Ray-Ban and Oakley brands. Those two brands will reportedly introduce Glass editions, offering hope for an expanded array of design choices and more mainstream appeal.

A recent tear-down analysis of Glass argued that its component parts cost less than $100, which created head-scratching over its more than $1,500 price tag. However Google has said that the “Glass Explorer Edition costs significantly more to produce.”

Google Wallet is Google’s stored credit card function. It’s NFC-based in-store payments capability has struggled and is little used today (though it may gain new life later on). Wallet also powers mobile e-commerce and Google Play, where it has been much more successful.

Related Topics: Channel: Mobile Marketing | Google: Glass | Google: Wallet


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    I hope there’s more security about Google Wallet using G Glass. Others could manipulate or use something like voice recorder. “Voice Mirror” ? Good luck with that!

  • Steve

    I dunno bout this… could see lots of major security issues. Are we getting so lazy that we need glasses to send someone money??

    “Oops, sorry didn’t mean to send you a thousand dollars. Can you send it back?”

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