Android gained FIDO2 certification to enable password-free login for compatible apps and services earlier this year, following Google
Chrome’s newly added compliance for the WebAuthn API.
But, what was the objective? Well, the purpose was to let users sign in to a Web service by using the fingerprint sensor or local password of their Android phone, and this is now finally a reality.
Google has started rolling out support for FIDO2-based local user verification for Google Accounts, which means users can now sign in to a web service by using the fingerprint sensor or the PIN of their supported phone, instead of remembering a complex password.
Google has announced via a blog post that users can now verify their identity for Google services by using the fingerprint sensor, PIN or pattern lock of their supported Android smartphones.
As of now, the feature is available only on Pixel smartphones and will soon be rolled out to more Android phones running version 7.0 (Nougat) or a higher build of Google’s operating system. Currently, Pixel phone users can visit Google’s password manager dashboard and tap on any of the websites or services listed on the page to check the new interface.
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