RBC becomes first Canadian bank to offer Android M fingerprint authentication support

June 4, 2015 - 

Canadian financial institution RBC announced it will implement fingerprint-based authentication into its mobile wallet app following Google’s announcement that it will add new Android-based security features, according to a report by Mobile Syrup.

The new features, announced at Google’s developer conference last week, will be available with Android M, which is currently available as a developer preview and will be officially rolled out later this year, likely with the announcement of two new Nexus devices.

Android M’s first new feature is the ability to detect and integrate fingerprint-based authentication capabilities into any app.

“This new feature heightens security while providing an exceptional client experience with a simpler and quicker process for authentication and payment,” said Linda Mantia, executive vice-president of RBC’s digital, payments and cards division.

In addition to offering fingerprint support, RBC’s new Mobile Wallet app will integrate the Confirm Credential APIs built into Android M to allow users to access secure apps from banks and password managers without having to issue new passwords, PINs or secure patterns.

RBC will roll out its full suite of new features later this year with its Mobile Wallet update, which will also include public Host Card Emulation support.

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