Autofill with Google now allows biometric authentication for all Android 10+ devices

Recently, Android Police spotted a latest server-side update that Autofill with Google will now add the additional feature of biometric authentication to its password manager.

Password managers are detrimental in keeping passwords for all your accounts secure and easily accessible by you alone. But the password manager of Google will now be using biometric authentication with Android autofill and that is a huge upgrade! Not to mention that it has always been needed and the public was always demanding for this kind of password protection and security for their Google accounts.

So, with this update, Google’s password manager will be using options like fingerprint sensor, face-unlock system, and some other forms of biometric authentication. The users will find this option when they go their device’s Settings, then go to Google, then Autofill, then Autofill with Google. Here is where the user will find the new “Autofill Security” menu that will give them the options of biometric authentication.

Whichever option the user will choose, once the Biometric Authentication will be enabled, the BiometricPrompt API on all the devices with Android 10+ operating systems one of the methods which will be employed by the user. These methods will include a fingerprint sensor, the face-unlock system on Pixel 4/XL, and Iris Scanners on the upcoming Galaxy devices.

All other password managers have required a PIN, a master password, or some exclusive patterns to unlock and access data on a device. Biometric authentication has been there since ever, and many devices have already employed facial recognition systems, fingerprint scanning, and Iris scanning. So, it is a piece of great news for all Googlers that finally Google accounts can be secured with the help of this advanced form of the authentication process.

This will also limit any hacking attempts and will overall give more protection to the users than ever before. Why it took so long for Google to take this monumental step in password management is incomprehensible. For all we know, Google could have done this a long time back, and it would have meant so much more at that time too! It began testing this feature somewhere in January 2020. Although what took it so many months to finally roll the feature out is also a dilemma!

Anyway, it is better to be late than to never have something. So, Google users and account holders can be happy and satisfied now with this feature.



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