Google Starts Testing of its Paid Service App ‘Task Mate’ in India
Google has started the testing of ‘task mate’, an app that would let the users perform tasks through their smartphones and earn money in return. The crowdsourcing app would provide access to various ‘simple’ tasks such as taking pictures of a nearby restaurant, transcribing, translating text and more. These different tasks would be categorized mainly as “sitting” or “field” and would be laid out by Google or any of its affiliated business.
Unlike the company’s Opinion rewards app that provides users Play Store credits in exchange for answering questions, Task Mate would let users earn money in their local currency for the tasks completed by them. Users can cash out their earnings by signing for the e-wallet or payment partner and transfer the money in their bank accounts.
As exciting as it may sound, a few aspects such as how different businesses are communicating their requirements or whether they are paying any amount to the tech-giant still seem to be unknown.
The app is currently in beta testing phase, allowing access to only a couple of individuals through early access referral code. Also, no time limit has been assigned for users to complete each task as of now.
The move seems to be an attempt to improve Google’s mapping services and thus, can be criticized as tech-giant’s another tactic of invading privacy and collecting data of users. On the bright side though, there is a chance of users generating income during the unprecedented times with rising unemployment in the country due to the pandemic.