You can now sign in to some of Google’s services on Android without typing a password, just by using your fingerprint. The feature is now available for a few Android phones. It will be rolling out for all the phones over the next few days. With the help of this feature, users can log in by whichever method they have used to unlock their phone, whether pin lock or pattern lock according to Google help page.[wpinsertshortcodead id=”bzyqm5d3e04029f48f”]
Google often asked users to sign in while accessing sensitive info to verify if the user is correct or not. Such as password.google.com is a list of saved credentials; however, to see it, users need to enter the username and password of their Google Account.
Google is making this method much more convenient and much more secure. Passwords have vulnerabilities, and many people reuse the same passwords across multiple sites. But locally save credentials can’t be hacked and are impossible to phish with this method. Using a password manager with two-factor authentication helps reduce these vulnerabilities. However, Google’s new method on Android by replacing the password with the user’s fingerprint or existing phone screen lock removes them entirely. Google is also looking for the method with face lock in the future. This method applies to certain Google services on the web with the first-party Password Manager.
As we continue to embrace the FIDO2 standard, you will start seeing more places where local alternatives to passwords are accepted as an authentication mechanism for Google and Google Cloud services.
An important benefit of using FIDO2 versus interacting with the native fingerprint APIs on Android is that these biometric capabilities are now, for the first time, available on the web, allowing the same credentials be used by both native apps and web services.
All the devices running on Android version 7.0 or above that have a screen lock, and personal Google Account is available for the seamless sign-in. And are also FIDO2 certified and can use 2FA security key to log in.