Password-free logins could be coming to Android apps by the end of the year

Password-free logins could be coming to Android apps by the end of the year
Google's Project Abacus was originally presented at Google I/O last year. By analyzing the way you type, swipe, move and talk, the smart authentication system is supposed to allow you access to your apps without requiring a password or fingerprint match. Over the last year, we haven't heard much about the project. That is, until now.

According to a report published today, Project Abacus will be available for Android developers to use by the end of the year, assuming that all of the testing goes as expected. The way this feature would work, users could get into their apps by scoring a high "Trust Score." This would be based on some of things we mentioned before, such as typing patterns, speech patterns, facial recognition and more. All of this would be computed in the background.

Some apps could require a higher score than others. For example, you might need to give your phone more proof that you are you when trying to open your bank's app as opposed to opening a game. If your score is too low, you would have to use a password or fingerprint scan to access an app.

Daniel Kaufman, the chief of Google's ATAP division (Advanced Technology and Projects) where Project Abacus is found, said Friday at this year's Google I/O that the ideas behind Project Abacus were turned into something called "Trust API" by Google engineers. Next month, some major banking institutions will be testing this out. If all goes well, by the end of the year all Android developers will be able to put password-free logins into their Android apps.



source: TechCrunch, DeepakChandra

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8 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Uhm, 1Password has been offering this system wide and inside browsers like Chrome with whichever device has a fingerprint reader...typical stock Android showing it's limitations yet again.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Misinterpreted the title and just got the opportunity to watch the video, this is even more worse and scary than I initially thought. This is literally giving fkn google 24/7 access to your keyboard habits, your face, and multiple other data, just to "simplify" entering a pin in a password manager like 1Password (the only password I need to remember). Beyond ridiculous, and won't trust it a single bit. Google is literally becoming the materialization of the SOPA bill (a.k.a. SkyNet): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXhIktkK78s

2. AlikMalix unregistered

Um... Like mr electrifryer said, I don't log in to any of my apps/games - it's all done automatically. The only one I have to login for obvious reasons is my bank app and that's done instantly with FP sensor.

3. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

It's less than a second to login via fingerprint. I don't trust this thing one bit.

5. Omprakash499

Posts: 2; Member since: May 22, 2016

android is just trying to enhance the speed not quality

6. jeevanand88 unregistered

we have different sections who r focusing on different things. This is only in development stage, and there is no guarantee that it will be implemented anytime until it is 100% usable and secured..!!

7. jeevanand88 unregistered

**they have...**

8. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Agree with @MrElectrifyer. This would allow Google to essentially own your "password" (or authentication) to other websites. Screw that. For convenience, a fingerprint which is stored LOCALLY is a much better solution. Hopefully developers will BOYCOTT this as well.

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