09 October 2020
Passwords and PIN have been the traditional methods of authorizing online transactions but with the constant evolution of technology, we have seen fingerprint and facial recognition as modern methods. Google is now taking one step further by testing voice recognition as a way of authenticating online payments.
The new feature is currently under testing for transactions made through Google Assistant. It is being tested with a small set of users selected randomly and is more of a pilot test. The method can be enabled or disabled by visiting the Payment and Security section of the Assistant's settings. The option is called 'Confirm with Voice Match' which is disabled by default.
Enabling the toggle with trigger a set-up process where Google also explains the working of the new feature. It basically uses the Voice Match profile for authentication purposes. It is the same profile that was created while setting up "Hey Google" voice activation. Google asks users to enter their password to verify that they want to use voice recognition.
Since the feature is in a limited beta testing stage, it may or may not be available for your particular Google account. It is also said that voice recognition currently works only for Google Play in-app purchases and certain restaurants. We can expect more partners to be added as the feature's availability will be expanded.