It is now possible to send and request money on PayPal via Siri thanks to an update to the iPhone app.
The new feature allows users’ to issue instructions such as: “Siri, send Steve THB2500 using PayPal”.
So long as you have Steve setup as one of your PayPal contacts, Siri will initiate the payment.
It was back in September when Apple decided to allow Siri to work with third-party developers so the feature on PayPal is probably just the first of many.
The digital assistant is key to many of Apple’s products including Apple TV and Apple CarPlay.
The downside to using Siri for such transactions is that it can’t differentiate between voices so you need to be careful that your iPhone doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
“Last year we did $41 billion in peer-to-peer (P2P) volume across PayPal, Venmo and Xoom,” said Meron Colbeci, senior director of core consumer products at PayPal.
“And, with the holidays around the corner, PayPal predicts more than 17 million P2P transactions in the month of December alone.”
Voice-controlled technology is increasing in popularity with Amazon Echo and Google Assistant becoming more widely used in addition to Siri.
Neither Echo or Google Assistant allow you to buy things just by a voice command but there is speculation that it may not be too far away for Amazon’s platform.
Source: Wall Street Journal