Fingerprint recognition has been a key part of a number of high to mid-range phones for a good couple of years now.
However, as with so many aspects of Android, it has been hugely fragmented across devices and has never been standardised. Marshmallow will be the first Android version to make this step towards standardising fingerprint technology in all compatible devices. This will make it possible for Android app developers to make greater use of this secure identification feature. This should benefit the privacy of Android users around the world.
What else do I need to know about fingerprinting in Android Marshmallow?
- Fingerprint recognition is available on an increasing number of flagship handsets in the market, such as the latest Samsung Galaxy S and Note phones, HTC One M9+, Huawei Ascend Mate7 and OnePlus 2.
The evolution of fingerprint recognition has meant that it can be much more useful than just a key to unlock your mobile. Marshmallow will introduce fingerprinting to pay for shopping and the Google Play store.
The primary function of fingerprint identification is for users’ security. When you are setting up your phone, you should now be prompted to scan your fingerprint as an unlocking tool.