Next week the yearly gathering of Android developers is scheduled to begin. Google I/O 2015 will take place in San Francisco, beginning Thursday, May 28th. One of the most exciting rumors surrounding the upcoming event is that Android M will be announced. The Android L announcement came in the 2014 edition, so an Android M unveiling would be no great surprise.
But, a rapidly spreading rumor says that Google might be adding a fingerprint API ecosystem in Android M. Currently, only a few phones offer a fingerprint scanner that functions well, the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6 being the standouts. According to Ars Technica, they found commits in AOSP for a Nexus 6 fingerprint scanner last year, before the phone was released. Most of us are aware that Motorola was well on the way to including it in the Nexus 6, when Apple bought the company that they intended to use to make it.
Many of us have concluded that it’s time for a standardized fingerprint API, which would allow devs to build it into their third party apps for authentication. It would be great for Play Store purchases, Google Wallet, Dropbox and many other applications requiring a passcode. With Google including it the Android ecosystem, many more developers would jump on board, making security for all of us just a little better without the current need to remember a plethora of passwords.
Of course, we won’t know if this is coming to fruition until next week, but it does seem logical if Motorola and Google were as close as was said to putting it in to last year’s Nexus. I hope the rumors are right and fingerprint scanning becomes common to most smartphones. Though, three or four years from now, we’ll all probably be making purchases and unlocking our phones with our retinas, a standardized fingerprint scan seems the best current alternative.
Source: Ars Technica
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