Android users will finally be able to use a feature that iPhone and iPad users have been enjoying for years – the ability to authorise payments on the official app store using the device’s fingerprint sensor. Google recently updated the Google Play store app for Android users. On the sidelines, the company also quietly enabled the use of fingerprint sensor as a method of authentication during purchases.
Users with select handsets will be able to make purchases by simply placing a finger on the fingerprint sensor. But obviously, your handset needs to have a fingerprint reader to utilise this feature. While the launch of the iPhone 5s with an integrated fingerprint sensor back in 2013 arguably started the fingerprint sensor trend among Android OEMs, till date, only a handful of Android handsets offer the feature. such as the recent Galaxy S and Galaxy Note range, the OnePlus 2, and the Coolpad Note 3, among others.
Native support for the fingerprint reader is one of the biggest features Google has enabled with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of its mobile operating system. The Nexus 5Xand the Nexus 6P come with what Google calls the Nexus Imprint sensor – the blueprint for Google’s certification demands from Android OEMs.