Android biometric autofill for Google password manager goes live, Bitwarden adds desktop biometrics

Android biometric autofill for Google password manager goes live, Bitwarden adds desktop biometrics

Google’s password manager built into Android can now use biometric authentication to secure its autofill function, 9to5Google reports. The feature was announced by Google in a recent blog post, which noted it can be used for credit cards as well as passwords.

The Autofill update, which provides the option to use the onboard fingerprint sensor, secure facial verification, or other biometrics as part of a server-side update to Google Play Services. The feature can be activated from the “Autofill Security” menu within “Autofill with Google” settings. The feature then uses the BiometricPrompt API on Android 10 and higher.

The feature was originally noticed in testing back in January.

Password manager Bitwarden has launched support for biometrics through Windows Hello and Touch ID to its desktop app, the company announced in a blog post. Bitwarden’s mobile apps already support biometrics on Android and iOS.

The biometric upgrade is included in Bitwarden Desktop version 1.20 and higher for Windows and macOS.

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