Google Play Store offering fingerprint option for purchases

October 27, 2015 - 

Google’s Nexus Imprint, the fingerprint authentication feature offered in the new Nexus 5X and 6P smartphones, can also be used to make purchases on the Google Play Store, according to a report by Mobile Syrup.

Users of the Google Play app can turn on the fingerprint authentication option under the “User Controls” section of the settings menu.

Once the option is selected, users will be able to authorize all future purchases with a fingerprint scan.

The new feature only works on those smartphones with a built-in fingerprint reader and are running on Android Marshmallow, which currently limits it to only Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users.

However, with Marshmallow’s availability being expanded to smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S6, which feature a built-in fingerprint reader, more users will be able to use the fingerprint authentication option on the Google Play Store.

Previously reported, Fingerprint Cards (FPC) and Precise Biometrics have partnered to integrate their respective fingerprint recognition technologies integrated into two of Google’s two Nexus smartphones, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

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