The Google Assistant Voice Match feature can now secure purchases made through the Voice Assistant as part of a restricted pilot program. A company spokesman confirmed to Android Police that the functionality is new and should help secure purchases on smart speakers and smart displays. It is currently limited to digital in-app purchases through Google Play and restaurant orders.
When we followed the instructions on the Google support page to enable the feature, we only saw the option to enable the wizard's existing fingerprint or face unlock security methods. Other users reported that they could see the Voice Match menu option, but the software was frozen when they tried to activate it.
When setting up the feature, Google warns that someone with a voice similar to you can confirm purchases on your device.
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Screenshots released by Android Police show the setup process for the feature. "Use your voice to verify that you are when you make a purchase with your assistant," the software says. It also warns that the security of the feature may not be perfect, and points out that "someone with a similar voice or recording may be able to confirm purchases on devices you are signed in to".
While this may not be the safest method, using your voice as security can be much more seamless than using your phone to respond to a fingerprint or prompt to unlock your face. This could also be more convenient than Alexa's existing security method, which allows you to use a PIN to protect purchases made with your voice.
Voice Match is a Google Assistant function that allows the assistant to tell the difference between addressing. Last month, 9to5Google reported that Google updated the Voice Match training process to differentiate between people with "significantly higher accuracy". However, reports say there are still restrictions on how much money you can only spend with your voice as security, Google confirmed to Android Police.
Given that a developer conference was scheduled for Google I / O 2020 earlier this month, there is speculation that the company had hoped to debut it there. Google didn’t indicate when a language-matched purchase might release a larger version.