E-commerce giant AliBaba will let you authorize transactions with the Galaxy S5's fingerprints scanner
Chinese website Leiphone reports that the e-commerce giant AliBaba will soon allow payments using the Galaxy S5's fingerprint sensor. As we told you earlier, the S5 is the first consumer device to support the FIDO Alliance's encryption-heavy fingerprint authorization protocol. AliBaba's AliPay system is going to make use of that, or similar technology later in the year, when it plans to introduce payments with the Galaxy S5. Reportedly, other fingerprint-scanning devices, such as the iPhone 5S and HTC One Max, are being tested as well. In addition to authenticating transactions, AliPay will also let customers verify the product they bought before releasing money to the seller. Interesting.
With PayPal already having implemented FIDO-based authentication, and AliBaba following suit, we are having a hunch that fingerprint scanners will become quite common across mobile devices in the not-distant future. The two giants wouldn't have bothered with the system if they thought it lacked popularity, would they? Besides, we like the idea of using our fingerprints instead of having to remember and look after passwords. Hopefully the technology is as secure as it's convenient.