Square has added a feature to its Square Cash app that lets users leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to make payments to anyone nearby, as well as an order ahead service for users of its Android and iOS apps.
The new Square Cash capability “lets customers discover people within close proximity and simply tap their name or photo to make a payment,” Square says.
“Customers can now choose to make themselves visible to anyone in the same space as them, or just to friends. The app can detect other Cash customers within 250 feet of the sender or recipient — making payments quick and convenient. The app update for iOS 8 also includes the ability to swipe a push notification to approve and reject a payment request.”
Meanwhile Square Order “lets you place an order in just a few taps from anywhere (like, as you’re rushing to your car), and pick it up whenever you’re ready,” the company explains. “With first-of-its-kind arrival prediction technology, Square Order can tell when you’re close and alert the coffee shop to set your order in motion.
“When you arrive, it’ll be fresh, hot, and ready on the counter. No need to pay or tap — that’s already been taken care of in the app. Just pick it up and be on your way.”