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Google to add fingerprint authentication feature for Android system


Google will reportedly introduce a fingerprint scanner/security/authentication feature to Android mobile phones this year, according to a report by Buzzfeed.

The search engine giant is expected to announce the new service, which will be delivered with Android’s upcoming update, at this week’s Google I/O event in California.

Google’s version of a fingerprint authentication feature will be a part of the upcoming Android M update, which will replace the existing Android L.

The new feature will also support login to supported applications, as well as the phone’s overall security level.

According to a report by STRGIST, other reports that offer slight twists to the story have surfaced on the Internet, which suggest that the biometric authentication level will be added to Google’s Gmail, and Android for Work.

Google previously introduced Google Wallet, a secure wireless payment service for smartphones.

And though rival payment system Apple Pay has surpassed the service in popularity, Google Wallet could potentially attract a greater market if it eventually adds fingerprint authentication to the mobile payment service.

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16 Replies to “Google to add fingerprint authentication feature for Android system”

  1. Biometric authentication could be a candidate for displacing the password if/when (only if/when) it has stopped depending on a password to be registered in case of false rejection while keeping the near-zero false acceptance.

    Threats that can be thwarted by biometric products operated together with fallback/backup passwords can be thwarted more securely by passwords alone. We could be certain that biometrics would help for better security only when it is operated together with another factor by AND/Conjunction (we need to go through both of the two), not when operated with another factor by OR/Disjunction (we need only to go through either one of the two) as in the cases of Touch ID and many other biometric products on the market that require a backup/fallback password, which only increase the convenience by bringing down the security.

    In short, biometric solutions could be recommended to the people who want convenience but should not be recommended to those who need security.

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