A new report suggests that the upcoming OS, dubbed Android M might include a native fingerprint authentication, which is currently available on a few Android smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, HTC One M9 as well on iOS devices such as iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air 2.
According to resources, the new functionality will allow users to log in to all of the supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password. The report doesn’t give any detailed information. However, a detailed description will be available on how the new feature will work along with more information on what users can expect from the Google I/O conference next week.
The companies like Samsung and Motorola have ventured into this technology, a Google-standardized API would further strengthen the Android ecosystem as many Google apps would support it. The resources adds that Google Chrome could also allow users to sign into website with just a finger print and alongside, would make Google Wallet authentication much more secure.
Some Android phones in the past have had fingerprint readers, but those were ‘OEM-created solutions’, which means that the fingerprint-scanner feature was created by the smartphone company itself. Google was working on a setup and enrollment process, fingerprint lock screen and “service to manage multiple clients that want to access the fingerprint HAL API”