北京时间3月23日早间消息，谷歌语音助手（Google Assistant）正式推出P2P支付的新功能。也就是从这一天开始，美国的iPhone和Android用户可以向谷歌助手发出类似“向劳拉转2美元”的语音命令，谷歌助手随后将通过Google Pay去完成转账。接收方也需要注册Google Pay，才能收到转账。
今年1月，谷歌结束了关于谷歌钱包和Android Pay二者并存的局面，将两个服务合并为Google Pay。不过，这样的混乱局面并没有得到彻底解决。未来几个月，用户需要使用单独的“Google Pay Send”应用来进行P2P支付。
不过，在使用这个功能时用户并不需要了解Google Pay的奇怪历史。如果用户曾通过Gmail中的小按钮去转账，那么很可能已经拥有了Google Pay帐号，因此可以直接在谷歌助手中使用Google Pay。
如果没有Google Pay帐号，那么在首次转账时会被要求注册Google Pay。通过谷歌助手的交易还需要额外的认证步骤，包括使用指纹或谷歌密码。
Google today announced that it’s giving users the power to send or request money with their voice by bringing Google Pay to Google Assistant on Android and iOS smartphones in the U.S. Google’s Home smart speakers will be able to do the same in the coming months, the company said in a blog post.
Apple began to offer P2P payments through Siri with the introduction of iOS 11 last fall, and Amazon’s Alexa may get P2P payments later this year.
Funds sent with Google Assistant can be received by any person in your contacts, even if the recipient doesn’t have Google Pay. People without Google Pay accounts can be guided through the Google Pay account creation process by Google Assistant when they ask to make their first payment. Users with the Google Pay app will receive a notification when a payment is received, a process that only takes a second to transfer.
Just like Google Pay on Android phones, Google Assistant can send up to $9,999 in a single payment.
Though payments can be initiated with Google Assistant, the experience is not entirely hands-free, as you must authorize each payment with your smartphone, either with a fingerprint scan or by entering your password. The same requirements will be necessary when Google Pay comes to Home smart speakers later this year, a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.
Google will have more to share about the role of Voice Match, Google’s voice identification service, when Google Pay is introduced for Home smart speakers, the spokesperson said.
To send payments, simply say, “Hey Google, send Charlotte $15 for lunch today” or “Hey Google, request $20 from Sam for the show tonight.”
In January, Google combined Android Pay and Google Wallet into a single service called Google Pay. The Google Pay app made its debut last month, at which time the company announced plans to bring the digital payment service to Google Assistant and “all Google products.”