Google Adds New "Password-Less" Login To Android Devices

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But unless you use a password manager (something we'd strongly recommend) or have a superb memory, remembering those passwords can get a tad hard.

Very soon, Google will soon allow its Android user base to log in to specific services On Chrome for Android, without having to input your password. The problems with passwords are numerous, but things are slowly changing with biometrics, hardware security keys, and so on.

If you have a compatible Android handset, then you can try the functionality out now by heading over to passwords.google.com using the Chrome app on your phone.

The feature can be demoed right now on the Google Passwords website.

At launch, the feature is available only on select Android smartphones.

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Starting today, you can go to Google's password manager site on your smartphone and log in with a tap.

There's nothing extra for you to set up: if you have a Google account attached to your Android phone this will work for you.

However, local user verification is used for "reauthentication during step-up flows to verify the identity of the already signed-in user". Note that if you don't have a fingerprint associated, it still works via screen lock. This is a fundamental part of the FIDO2 design. Google registers a platform-bound FIDO credential on your phone that serves to verify your identity not unlike a hardware security key. In this way, moreover, Google's servers will not get this data. You'll also need a Pixel phone.

Other Android devices with Android 7 Nougat or higher will be getting this update over the next few days. For example, the advanced face unlock capability coming to the Pixel 4. Using the FIDO2 standard, created to improve authentication on the web (as opposed to on an Android app) users will only have to register their fingerprint or screen lock on their phone once to use it for a native app or the compatible Google services sites on the internet.

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