Google Chrome 70 Beta now supports Web Authentication via Fingerprint Sensor

After smartphones and tablets, Fingerprint Sensor is quickly making its way into the PC and Laptop industry. And it seems like Google wants to embrace this change as soon as possible. The search engine has released another beta update of their most popular Chrome browser which now comes with a support for Fingerprint sensors for your web authentications. 

Google Chrome 70 Beta enables the device’s shape detection capabilities and makes it available for the web. This is possible with the help of a “Shape Detection Feature”. Through this, you will be able to identify faces, images, and texts. 

This update is available for Android, Chrome OS,  Linux, macOS, and Windows.

Google Chrome 70 Beta supports Fingerprint Sensor and web Bluetooth

“The shape detection application programming interface (API) consists of face detection, bar code detection, and text detection APIs,”  Google wrote in a blog post this week. “Mac’s Touch ID and Android’s fingerprint sensor would allow developers to access biometric authenticators,”  the post added. 

This touch sensitive web authentication feature will add an extra layer of security to the browser. You will now be able to utilize your existing Android fingerprint sensor and TouchID in the Macs. Although, there is no word on Windows 10 Hello and TouchID in older iPhone models but we’re expecting updates for that to arrive soon. 

The availability of biometric authentication is not the only thing which Google is bringing in with this update. You can now communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled devices thanks to the support for web Bluetooth in Chrome for Windows 10. 

Chrome will now automatically exit full-screen mode when dialog boxes for things like authentication prompt, payments or file pickers pop up. With the help of this feature,  users will have a better context for decisions when filling those prompts out.

For more information, you can read more about this build on the Google’s blog post

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