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May 25, 2015

Google Giving Android the Finger

Fingerprint Authentication Expected on Latest Upgrade

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Android users can soon forget about their passwords.

alternative_android_web_browserThat’s because Google’s next Android update is expected to come with a pretty big change in how users access their devices and applications. Rather than using passwords, users will, reportedly, have the ability to use their fingerprint to unlock their Smartphones and associated apps.

According to a report from Buzz Feed, Google is planning to include the authentication process in its newest Android update, Android M. It’s the first time Google has had such a feature though Apple has used fingerprints for devices.

As of now, Google has not commented on the news but it is expected the company will make it official early this week during a keynote speech at its annual developer conference in San Francisco.

Apple Insider noted some Android-dependent devices do have fingerprint authentication but only because the manufacturers, such as Samsung and China’s Huawei, created their own biometric systems. If Google is, in fact, planning to make it part of the latest upgrade it will take the pressure off phone manufacturers to include it in their product.

The news comes on the heels of a similar announcement out of Japan where phone maker NTT Docomo reported it will enable users to pay bills and perform other tasks by using an iris scanner on their new Smartphone.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.