Google debuts Tez, a mobile payments app for India that uses Audio QR to transfer money

Google debuts Tez, a mobile payments app for India that uses Audio QR to transfer money

September 18th, 2017
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Tez is launching today on iOS and Android in the country and will see

Google linking up with several major banks in the country by way of UPI

(Unified Payments Interface) .


														
							

After several weeks of speculation and leaked details, today Google officially unveiled its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia. The Android and search giant has launched Tez, a free mobile wallet in India that will let users link up their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods securely in physical stores and online, and for person-to-person money transfers with a new twist: Audio QR, which uses ultrasonic sounds to let you exchange money, bypassing any need for NFC.

Tez is Google’s play to replace cash transactions and become a more central part of how people pay for things, using their mobile to do so. But it’s also a chance for the company to push out some new technologies — like audio QR (AQR), which lets users transfer money by letting their phones speak to each other with sounds — to see how it can make that process more frictionless, and therefore more attractive to use than cash itself. More on AQR below.

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