Google Play Store supports fingerprint authentication for purchases on Marshmallow

Google Play Store supports fingerprint authentication for purchases on Marshmallow
When Google announced official support for fingerprint readers in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, we knew that fingerprint authentication use would be much more expansive than it was on iOS at launch, including third-party support. But, now it has been confirmed that users can authenticate Google Play Store purchases with their fingerprints on Marshmallow.

The support for fingerprint authorization comes as a part of the new Play Store that is now rolling out with the snazzy redesign, but for whatever reason, Google doesn't have the option turned on by default on devices that have fingerprint scanners. If you have a device with a fingerprint scanner that is running Android 6.0 (which right now means you have a Nexus 5X or a review unit 6P), you'll have to dig into the Play Store Settings and look under User Controls in order to turn on fingerprint authentication. 

This should prove to make authorizing purchases in the Play Store much easier, but of course that also comes with the downside of potentially spending a lot more money in the Play Store than you might want. If you're worried about your spending habits, you may want to leave on the password entry, so that while you're typing in your password you can have a quiet moment to reflect on if you really need whatever it is you're buying. 

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35 Comments

1. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

"but of course that also comes with the downside of potentially spending a lot more money in the Play Store than you might want" ...seriously.............? This is not a problem at all. Never had this "issue" on iOS, and certainly wont have it on Android.

2. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Great news! Everyone makes money with Androidâ„¢

3. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Child

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That was pretty obviously a joke, but let's take it seriously because this is the PA comment section.

4. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

"Google never copies from iOS"

6. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Not so much if Google is storing the fingerprint(s) in the cloud.

8. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Google/Android OEMs don't have a Secure Enclave equivalent?

20. AlikMalix unregistered

Why the hell would you let anyone (let alone Google that wants to own everything you have) keep YOUR fingerprint on their servers? Is that really true? Mine is kept on my iPhone, I believe android should keep it on the device ONLY!!!

5. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Nifty

7. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

And unfortunately google play will not work on rooted phones!! Thanks google for that :(

9. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

welcome Google to 2013

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

And welcome Apple to 2013 specs in thier latest flagship!

12. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

You do realize that the iPhone 6S with its "2013" specs is beating all 2015 flagships in terms of speed and performance right?

13. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Right... screen resolution? IR Blaster? battery? All what Apple does improve is the chipset.

14. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Don't make excuses

15. keekai05

Posts: 116; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Specs? LOL. Your mighty android needs hexa-core to power your specs while iOS is beating the crap out of most Android flagships with its dual core processors.

16. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

No! Apple's dual-core processors are much BIGGER cores than the Hexa-, Octa-Cores found in Droids. These are 2 different architecure designs... Apple focuses on single-thread performannce, while other OEMs focuses on multi-thread performance. Yeah.... Apple wins on the single core battle, but... our Droids smokes Apple's SoC in the multi-core battle!

17. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

But when you are running some applications. Does it uses multi core?

18. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

19. AlikMalix unregistered

I guessed you cannot read extensive comparisons - this article is as basic as I can simply for you, Hexa-crow. http://news.softpedia.com/news/iphone-6s-annihilates-android-smartphones-in-single-and-multi-core-benchmarks-492673.shtml The best score from all androids was one phone with just a little over apples dual core in multi core test (using a hexagon-core). The rest fall behind apples multicore tests and absolutely embarrased by apples single core.

22. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

oh yeah? because you are comparing the latest A9 SoC versus 9 months old SoCs. But face it, Exynos 7420 beats the A8 in iPhone 6. and in the next 9 months, new SoCs will beat the A9... And you're so glad with the A9 and iOS which can only open a single app at a time? hahahaha.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Note 5 came out the same time as 6s.... What's your point?

30. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

My point is that the Note5 has the same chipset found in the GS6, so it isn't as new as the A9.

24. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

That's why the note 5 with 4gb of ram struggles with multitasking *cough*cough*

28. keekai05

Posts: 116; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I can't wait for Apple to finally compete on multi-cores in the future. With its single core Android tards are already getting crazy LMAO

31. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

As it's a fact: Apple uses much BIGGER cores than the ones found in Droids. so if Apple wants to go quad-core, they will have to reduce it's die's size, which means lower IPC, hence weaker single-thread performance. they can't go quad-core with same die size, - it won't even fit in the iPhone. so go get a clue of what you so brag about. smh

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Resolution is super sharp - no difference (just specs for the sake of specs). Somehow il controlling my TV without IR blaster on the iPhone - wanna explain that one? Battery in iOS 9 is superb - go read about it - specially on iPhone 6s and really really excellent on. 6s+. And you were already told that with iPhone "specs" it beats android or at least just as fast!!! Single core embarrasses ALL androids, multicore - 2 cores just as fast as 4,6,8 or whatever cores you got on your android and sometimes beats some flagships too. Anything else?

23. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Resolution is super sharp??? hahaha, hey play a 4k video on your iPhone 6S and on the Note5 and see on which screen does the 4k is better detailed!!! and hey, try using your "super sharp" 750p for VR games; it sucks like crap! All what you'll see are large squares and nothing else.

25. AlikMalix unregistered

You keep brining this VR games like its the only thing that matters. Guess what, I have yet to meet a single person who actually plays VR. But just the opposite when playing instance games like RR3, MC5 and AfterPulse (well you won't get AfterPulse until there's an android phone that can run it) the note 5 actually jitters sometimes because of its unnoticeable bump in resolution that requires more resources than my just as sharp iPhone. So Keep playing your spec game - while my phone runs same games a lot smoother.

27. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

yeah... games first developed for iOS then ported into Android. right? and that you haven't yet seen people play VR games doesn't make it useless. And 4k videos looks alot better on 2k screens than on 750p. heck, Sony's Z5 Premium rocks a 4K UHD display. so freaking great, so 4k videos play at thier native aspect ratio and full detail, no downscaling!!! And hey, the Note5 can render games and contents at 1080p not 2k, because there's an option in-built. And hey, if the Note5 had a 750p display, it'll crush any iPhone in graphic quality and game framerates. But hey, we don't want a 2012 screen resolution, and do not blindly buy whatever your fruit company makes anyhow.

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