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Google testing new “Plaso” mobile payment service to challenge Apple Pay

by Jacob Kleinman | February 11, 2015February 11, 2015 10:00 am PST

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Apple Pay has quickly become one of the most popular mobile payment options around, but Google could be readying its own new service as well. The Information reports that a new system called Plaso is already in testing at a number of retailers, offering a clever new take on mobile payments.

Plaso apparently lets you make payments from your Android phone by simply saying your initials to a clerk at the cash registers. Google’s new technology would presumably work behind the scenes, connecting your device to a nearby scanner automatically with verbal confirmation needed to complete a payment. The service is reportedly being tested at a few restaurant chains, including Panera Bread and Papa John’s.

The Information notes that both Google and Square are scrambling to develop new products in an effort to compete with Apple Pay, and that Square wants to cut its reliance on using iPads. Samsung is also expected to debut its own service, allegedly called Samsung Pay, with the Galaxy S6 early next month.

Of course, this is all just hearsay for now, but it sounds like Apple’s recent success has motivated its competitors to put even more focus on mobile payments in 2015.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...