The news of Google testing its paid crowdsourcing service ‘Task Mate’ for India has been on the rounds.
Previously, the Google Opinion Rewards app was used to provide users with Play Store credits for every question and survey attempted. However, Google currently is testing its ‘Task Mate’ service in India that provides an opportunity to earn money just by completing tasks on smartphones.
The Silicon Valley tech giant is possibly expecting to obtain some goodwill in the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Unlike the Google Opinion Rewards app where on completion of surveys, users are awarded Play Store credit. Task Mate enables the user to cash out their rewards so they can spend in the real world.
A post on Reddit shows that access to Task Mate is at present limited to early access. Hence, only the individuals with an early access referral code can download the Task Mate app.
Google claims that the tasks are simple and originate from businesses across the globe. The apps allow you to look for the tasks nearby, accomplish the task to initiate earning, and then later cash out your earning. To cash out your earnings, you need to either register an e-wallet account or else register with an in-app payment partner.
The tasks are categorized as ‘Sitting’ or ‘Field Tasks’. For field tasks, the users may need to walk some of the nearest shops or landmarks.
The examples of the tasks incorporate ‘transcribe the sentences’, ‘check shop details’ or ‘go to location shown on pin and click the photo of shopfront’.
For now, there’s no time limit for task completion. Once the task is accomplished, users can cash out the earnings.
At present, it is uncertain how businesses are describing their needs to Google. Moreover, it is also unclear if this is only a crowdsourcing mission or businesses are paying the Silicon Valley tech giant.
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