May 23rd, 2016

5x fingerprint

When Google announced the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, they also announced that Android M would have native support for fingerprint sensors. Not even a year later, during the 3rd Annual Google Security Update session at Google I/O 2016, Stephan Somogyi announced that 90% of Nexus owners have enabled secured lock screens thanks to those very fingerprint sensors.

With almost every new release of Android, Google has added new features and improved old ones that would make securing your device’s lock screen easier. Over the last couple of versions of Android, we have seen things such as Smart Lock included in Android’s core security settings, which allow your phone to smartly unlock itself in trusted situations. While these are fantastic for security, they take some time to set up, and can be frustrating when they don’t work properly. Fingerprint is even better.

Before now, Google has said that lock screen security adoption was close to 50%. With the addition of the fingerprint sensor in the 5X and 6P, that number has skyrocketed to 90%. With almost every hardware manufacturer including fingerprint sensors in their flagship devices, hopefully, we see lock screen security numbers raise across the entire Android platform.

[Google Developers via Android Central]

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