In an email we just received, Google announced it is shutting down the Hands Free pilot, which has been active since March of last year. Scheduled to shut down on February 8, 2016, Hands Free
is was Google’s effort to get people to pay with their smartphone inside select retailers without ever lifting a finger. If you never heard of Hands Free or never used it, don’t worry, it was limited to the South Bay (Bay Area, California) area.
As stated by Google, “Based on all the positive feedback, we’re now working to bring the best of the Hands Free technology to even more people and stores. To focus our efforts, we’ll be shutting down the Hands Free app on February 8.”
Once Hands Free is shut down, Google goes on to say that all of your personal information will be deleted, so as to protect your privacy.
While it doesn’t appear that Google is closing down Hands Free forever, and instead is just regrouping for what could be a bigger launch, the team encourages users to continue using Android Pay.
RIP for now, Hands Free.