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A major feature from Android M and the next-gen Nexus phone has leaked

Published May 22nd, 2015 7:45AM EDT
Android M Nexus Features Fingerprint

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Google has already unwillingly confirmed that it’s going to unveil Android M at its I/O 2015 conference next week, and a few reports now claim to have knowledge of one of the major features that are going to be available to Android M users in the near future.

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According to independent reports from BuzzFeed and ArsTechnica, Android M might be finally getting native support for fingerprint authentication.

“The new functionality will allow users to log in to all of the supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password,” BuzzFeed has learned from its sources. Other details about the fingerprint functionality or Android M have not been shared.

Meanwhile, Ars notes in a new report looking at potential Android M features that it found evidence inside Google commits in AOSP code last year suggesting the company was toying with the idea of bringing fingerprint support to the Nexus 6. Ultimately, those plans were scraped, a Motorola former CEO revealed not long ago, as the company wasn’t satisfied with the sensor quality it had at its disposal – Motorola said Apple got the best one for the iPhone’s Touch ID button.

Ars says there aren’t guarantees that the Fingerprint API will be included in Android M, but it would make sense to see it in Google’s upcoming major Android release, as the feature was “so close” to coming out last year.

Assuming that Android M does come with fingerprint support, it would make plenty of sense to see the fingerprint sensors included in the next Nexus devices that are supposed to launch this fall. Recent report have said that Google is working with two companies on next-gen Nexus handsets this year, including LG and Huawei. Obviously, even with fingerprint support in Android M, existing Nexus devices won’t be able to use the functionality as they all lack fingerprint sensors.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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