Last month, Google took wraps off the new LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P along with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. One of the new features in Android Marshmallow is native support for fingerprint scanner, called the Nexus Imprint. Now, Google has also added support for fingerprint authentication for purchases on Play Store. Also Read - 21 adware gaming apps discovered on Google Play store: Full listAlso Read - Paytm announces Rs 10 crore fund for its new Mini App Store developers
The support for fingerprint authentication comes right after Google started rolling out the redesigned Play Store, with a completely new UI and app categories. For now, the feature is only restricted to Android smartphones running on Marshmallow OS. This means, if you own a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, you can now use your fingerprint to authenticate app purchases, books and more. Also Read - Google removes 17 apps with Joker Malware from Play Store: Here’s what you should do
The fingerprint sensor will also allow users to make payments using Android Pay (NFC) and while authenticating the transaction using the fingerprint sensor. For those who own the HTC One M9+, One A9, Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 and OnePlus 2 among other smartphones that come with fingerprint scanner, this feature will only get activated once your device gets upgraded to Android Marshmallow 6.0.
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Using a fingerprint sensor for authenticating purchases might be new to Android users, but this feature has been there on Apple s iOS since 2013, when Apple launched the iPhone 5s with Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
How to activate, deactivate fingerprint authentication on your Android smartphone
To use this new feature, users will have to manually enable it in the settings. To do this, users need to head to Google Play > Tap on the three lines on the top left corner > Settings > User Controls. Under this option, simply check or uncheck on Fingerprint Authentication to activate or de-activate it.