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Android Phones Expected to Feature Biometrics, Fingerprint Sensors Within Six Months

October 3, 2013  |  5:00pm
Android Phones Expected to Feature Biometrics, Fingerprint Sensors Within Six Months

We now have fingerprint sensors in lieu of passcodes on our iPhones. But, in an apparent effort to be rid of our passwords completely, an alliance of 48 tech companies (including Google, Lenovo and PayPal) is working towards bringing fingerprint sensors to the next generation of Android smartphones within the next six months.

According to USA Today, the FIDO Alliance has its own biometric sensor, that, once installed on future Android devices, will allow users to access many of their online accounts with just a swipe of their finger(print).

While FIDO’s focus seems to be on Android devices for now, their overall intent is to create “an open standard that any company can adopt” which could include any type of device (even iPhones) or any service (online banking websites).

Though Apple’s current iPhone has its own fingerprint sensor (Touch ID) that is not currently compatible with FIDO’s technology, Michael Barrett of the Alliance said to USA Today “that Touch ID could easily be adapted to FIDO.”

FIDO-enabled Android phones and online services are slated to be released early next year.

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