Google pilots ‘Soundpod by Google Pay’ for UPI payments in India

New Delhi: Google is actively working on a soundbox for the Indian market. It’s similar to Paytm or PhonePe you’ll find at your local store, with voice alerts that a digital payment has been made.

The search giant is testing its own soundbox in the country to alert sellers to verifying Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based payments, TechCrunch reports.

The company has branded them as “Soundpod by Google Pay” and is currently distributing them as a pilot to some shopkeepers in North India, including Delhi.

The Soundpods are built by Amazon-backed ToneTag, the report says.

“We are experimenting with several different solutions to make digital payments more convenient and intuitive for users and merchants,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to IANS. .

“Soundpod by Google Pay” comes with a merchant QR code linked to your Google Pay for Business account.

Users can use UPI-based apps to make payments by scanning codes.

UPI ended 2022 on a high with trading volume reaching a record high of Rs 12.82 trillion in December, reaching a record high of Rs 12.82 trillion.

According to National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) data, transaction volume increased by 7.12% in December compared to November.