Android P will have Biometric Authentication Mechanisms
As identity verification mechanisms such as fingerprint scanning and facial unlocking are becoming more and more popular in the Android user community, Google must make improvements to enhance security to provide users with better privacy protection. The company just announced that it plans to improve the existing biometric authentication mechanism in this Linux-based mobile operating system in an upcoming Android P release in an attempt to provide users with better security and privacy features.
Google said that its plan defines a better model to measure the security of biometrics. As the next major release of the company’s mobile operating system, Android P will be deployed first this summer to improve its deployment and weaken its authentication method significantly.
With Android P, Google hopes to raise this kind of authentication to a whole new level by strengthening weak biometrics. If it doesn’t use for 4 hours, the system will ask the user to re-enter the password, pattern, PIN, or robust biometrics to unlock their device. Also, Android P users will not be able to verify payment or similar transactions through weak biometrics.
In addition to the security of the system, Google also hopes that third-party application developers can enjoy this benefit, thus providing an easy-to-use BiometricPrompt API to integrate this enhancement into their app.
It is worth mentioning that even Android Oreo can benefit from this. For more information, please also visit the BiometricPrompt website.