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Google Password Manager Gets Passkey Support for Android, Chrome

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Passkey Support

Key Specifications:

  • Google brings Passkey Support for Android and Chrome users.
  • It gives users the choice to set up a screen lock via fingerprint, face, PIN, or pattern
  • The feature will roll out globally by the end of the year

Tech giant Google has rolled out Passkey support to both Android and Chrome for better safety. Passkeys are designed as a safer alternative to passwords and traditional two-factor authentication methods. Google claims that passkeys cannot be reused, won’t leak in server breaches, and protect users from phishing attacks

Passkeys in the Google Password Manager will work on different operating systems and browser ecosystems. They are compatible with both websites and applications and feature a similar interface as password autofill.

Google brings Passkey Support for Android and Chrome Users

Passkeys will always be end-to-end encrypted. Users will have to set up a screen lock via fingerprint, face, PIN, or pattern to prevent others from using passkeys even if they have access to a smartphone.

Passkeys will then be backed up and synced through the cloud to prevent users from getting locked out if they lose their devices. Recovering a passkey would require users to enter the screen PIN, password, or pattern of another device with access to the passkey encryption.

Availability

Google reveals that passkeys on Android and Chrome are currently only available to developers via Google Play Services beta and Chrome Canary. Developers can use Chrome Canary and sign up for the Google Play Services beta to test this as of right now. Normal users will be able to get this feature by the end of 2022.

This beta launch enables two features, one for users and one for developers:

  1. Users can create and use passkeys on Android devices. The users can sync through the Google Password Manager.
  2. Developers can build passkey support on the web with Chrome, via the WebAuthn API, on Android and other platforms.
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To avoid lockouts in the event of device loss, Passkeys on users’ phones and PCs are stored up and synced through the cloud.

Users can also login into apps and websites on other nearby devices using Passkeys stored on their phones

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