Google To Eliminate Passwords For Android Apps

Project Abacus, in last stage of trial, will employ secure biometrics to unlock devices.

Google is all set to roll out logins for Android apps that will replace passwords with biometrics, reports TechCrunch. Project Abacus, which Google announced last year, is in its final trial stage and employs a secure authentication system called Trust Score.

Daniel Kaufman, head of Google’s research unit, at the recent Google I/O developer conference said Project Abacus technology could be available to Android developers via its so-called Trust API by the end of this year. Some “very large financial institutions” will start testing the API in June, Kaufman said.

Users will unlock devices or sign into applications based on a cumulative Trust Score derived from usage patterns calculated on the user’s current location, facial recognition, speed, voice, and typing style.

Project Abacus, says Google, has already been in testing trials at 33 universities.

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