Now, Google is reportedly working on a ‘sound box’–rather a digital sound box of its own for the Indian market. Yes, you read it right, these are those very sound boxes that we see in our nearby shops which emit sound after every digital payment users make after every purchase.
According to a report by TechCrunch, the search engine giant is working on a sound box of its own which will alert merchants with a confirmation for Unified Payment Interface (UPI).
The sound box which is currently in the works has been named ‘Soundpod by Google Pay‘. It is also being distributed as a pilot to some shopkeepers in North India, that also includes Delhi. The report further added, the Soundpods are being manufactured by ToneTag which is Amazon-backed.
Soundpod by Google Pay: Features
Technically, just like other sound boxes, the ‘Soundpod by Google Pay’ will also have a QR code of the respective merchant which will be linked with their Google for business account. The device also comes with an in-built speaker that emits payment confirmations in multiple languages. Google’s sound box also features a small LCD panel that reflects the payment amount, battery and network status and manual controls.
On the front, the ‘Soundpod by Google Pay’ will be accompanied by a QR code of the respective merchant linked with their Google Pay for business account.
“If the person doesn’t have a smartphone, and they’re running a small business, the chances [are] that they will actually pay for a speaker product,” a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch. “You can look up publicly available prices that Paytm has been using… I think the chances are low. So, that is not the way to solve it,” added the spokesperson.
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