Google brings fingerprint authentication to Google websites on Android

Logging into some Google services on Android is now as easy as unlocking your phone

Logging into some Google services on Android is now as easy as unlocking your phone

Very soon, Google will soon allow its Android user base to log in to specific services On Chrome for Android, without having to input your password.

Built using the FIDO2 standards, W3C WebAuthn, and FIDO CTAP, this new security feature requests a scan of your fingerprint, then sends cryptographic proof to Google's servers to unlock whatever Google service you are attempting to access on Chrome.

Online biometric authentication is available starting today on Chrome for Android.

These enhancements are built using the FIDO2 standards, W3C WebAuthn and FIDO CTAP, and are created to provide simpler and more secure authentication experiences.

As demonstrated in the GIF, using your fingerprint to access your account information is as easy as selecting the "use your lock screen" option and then scanning your fingerprint when the prompt appears on your screen. It's the same technology that allows Android devices to be used as physical security keys.

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The feature will continue to work for those who have two-factor authentication enabled on their account, by the way.

Your fingerprint (PIN number, pattern or password) is really just tied to a unique private key also stored on your device, which performs the account unlocking process. Note that if you don't have a fingerprint associated, it still works via screen lock.

What Google did say in its blog posts was "you will start seeing more places where local alternatives to passwords are accepted as an authentication mechanism for Google and Google Cloud services", so that gives us some hope for a password less future.

However, Google has said that the new feature is now being rolled out to Pixel phones first, and will arrive on devices running Android 7.0 Nougat or newer followin that, so it shouldn't be long before it becomes easier to log into other Google services through Chrome on Android.

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