Google Reportedly Developing Point-of-Sale System


Reports suggest Google has been testing new retail point-of-sale software to work on Android devices and integrate with a store’s existing payment processing system. The service, called Plaso, will allow customers to pay for items by giving their initials to the clerk at the register.

It appears as though Plaso will utilize Bluetooth beacon technology to detect the Google digital payments apps on smartphones physically in the store. Customer’s initials can be used to help the clerk determine which wallet belongs to them, at which point a digital transfer from either the device or from the cloud would take place.

Details about Plaso have not yet been confirmed, but additional verification would likely be necessary to ensure the payment system is secure. There is no word at this time as to when Plaso might see commercial use.