Google introduces new biometric authentication API for Android P

Google is looking to improve biometrics in its upcoming operating system Android P. The company announced developers can start using the BiometricPrompt API to integrate biometric authentication into their apps. According to Google, biometrics are an important part to keeping users safe. Apps and devices typically utilize knowledge factors, possession factors and biometrics factors for an authentication mechanism. Knowledge factors usually include PINs and passwords, possession factors include a token generator or security key while biometric factors include fingerprints, iris or a user’s face. “Biometric authentication mechanisms are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why. They’re faster than...