Android M expected to feature native fingerprint authentication, Google could announce it next week

Android M expected to feature native fingerprint authentication, Google could announce it next week
Google I/O is just around the corner, and Android M is one of the main announcements that will likely be made during the conference. Earlier this month, Google itself mentioned Android M, which is supposed to bring "the power of Android to all kinds of workplaces." Not long after that, we learned about some of the features that Android M allegedly includes, and now we have new info about the unannounced OS.

According to both Ars Technica and BuzzFeed, Android M will feature native fingerprint authentication. While we already have various Android devices with fingerprint scanners, the necessary software for these was developed by their respective makers. If the next iteration of Android indeed includes native fingerprint authentication support, manufacturers will be able to easily add fingerprint scanners to their devices.

The Google Nexus 6 (released last year) was supposed to feature a fingerprint reader, but Google eventually decided not to include it. Well, the next Nexus smartphone - which should be announced in the second half of the year - will likely have a fingerprint scanner, if the latest rumor about Android M turns out to be true.

As you may know, before being called Lollipop, Android 5.0 was previewed as Android L. This, of course, means that Android M will most probably also get a sweet name once it's officially released. Let's hope we'll find out more about this after Google I/O kicks off on May 28.

sources: BuzzFeed, Ars Technica via Android Police



1. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

It's all about the big giveaway at Google I/O. What will it be this year?

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5805; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm guessing Chromecast 2, with 5Ghz wifi and 60 fps support Or an Android Wear device from LG or Moto

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope they announce native multiple window support for the next Android version.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5805; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I wanted to go this year, but I couldn't make the work/travel schedule accommodate me, so I didn't even bother trying to get a ticket. I'm betting on some cool goodies like a Shield Pro, but I hope they aren't too good, because that will make me hate not being able to go even more. Maybe next year.

5. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Devices still waiting for Lollipop and Android M is already been mentioned??? This is absurd.

8. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

What do you want Google to do? They did their part, all Nexi are fixed up and looking dynamite, they've given the data to all the OEM's, it's just the OEM's fault for anything left behind now

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5805; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Don't forget the carriers Plenty of international or unlocked phones get updates months before the carrier locked phones

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Maybe Google shouldn't have rushed lollipop which caused for several updates.

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yea cause it was the only OS with problems, pls leave this site or stop talking nonsens on every Google article

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No they were not the only OS problems, no one ever suggested that. however, when it has taken 6 months to get the update, and then the update bricks sms, or causes contacts to crash, and host of other problems and they are slower at getting the fix out than other OS it becomes a PROBLEM.

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Never had any of the problems you described on my OnePlus One, been running fine on Lollipop and never needed to restore to factory default, nor remove root access in order to update. All settings remained intact.

17. lamseunyau

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

My HTC one m8 already had lollipop since January, few bugs, but worth it, Android 5.1 will be the fix IDK why other oems are still waiting for 5.0 to be stable, future updates would fix it anyway. Looking forward for the "M"

6. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014


7. dimas

Posts: 3435; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm for advancement but why don't they just stick on improving the lollipop for the mean time? They want people to use their latest OS but they make it hard for manufacturers to optimize and configure Android to the hardware they use. Another thing, lollipop is still buggy so if they could put a 2 year interval on releasing new versions that would improve user's experience. Google should learn from Windows, they don't always create new OS every year so developers and hardware manufacturers don't have hard time adapting to their OS.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5805; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's most likely what they are doing E.g. 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich, big changes from 2.3 4.1-4.3 - Jelly Bean, small changes from 4.0 4.4 - KitKat, small changes from 4.3 5.0-5.1 - Lollipop, big changes from 4.4 5.2 - M, small changes from 5.1

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Hopefully Motorola updates the 1st gen X to M, one last hurrah for the phone that marked the return of Motorola.

13. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

If Moto gets their cameras right, it will be hard for any other Android OEM to get my money. Their customer service is on par with Apple, their software is everything that is good about AOSP, with some useful added functionality, and their devices are solid and well built.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Camera, specs, battery, and a few other things.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The Moto X had camera and battery issues, and specs weren't quite up to snuff. The Turbo/Moto Maxx fixed all of it, but the camera software failed it.

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Native...sounds like it's another source to mine user data. Wouldn't want to put such in the hands of that spyware called Google.

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