There are already a handful of Android phones that include fingerprint scanners which let you do things like unlock your device or authorize mobile payments using the unique pattern on your fingertip instead of a password. But makers of those phones have had to tack that feature onto the operating system, because fingerprint detection isn’t built into the OS… yet.
According to the folks at BuzzFeed News, it’ll be baked into the next version of Android, code-named Android M (until Google comes up with an appropriate dessert starting with the letter M). And BuzzFeed says Google could announce the feature next week during the Google I/O developer conference.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Next version of Android could include fingerprint authentication
It’s not clear if Google will release Android M anytime soon, but in the past the company has used I/O to tease upcoming features before they’re ready for public consumption. Also unclear? How Google’s fingerprint technology will work on Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 that already use a different type of fingerprint software. [BuzzFeed]
- Mozilla is seeking beta testers for Firefox for iOS
Want to run Firefox on a Mac? No problem. How about a PC? Sure. An Android phone? There’s an app for that. Soon Firefox will also be available for iOS… but it’ll be a very different app than the other versions, since Apple doesn’t allow developers to submit web browsers to the App Store unless they use WebKit rendering engine. [TechCrunch]
- Report: Apple Watch sales were super-high on day one, not so much every day since
It’s not surprising that folks who had been waiting for the chance to order did so at the first opportunity. But what is a little surprising is just how much the sales figures slumped after launch day. They’re still probably high enough to make the Apple Watch one of the most successful smartwatches to date… which isn’t saying much. [9to5Mac]
- Here’s one use for a cheap Android phone: Chromecast remote control
Step one: Buy a $20 Android phone. Step 2: Don’t activate the phone features and just use it as a WiFi-only device. Step 3: lock down most of the apps and create shortcuts to the ones you want to use with your Chromecast. Similar steps can be used to turn a cheap Android phone into a clock radio, digital picture frame, or other single-purpose device. [/r/Android]
- Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch for Mobile
Because who wants a full-featured photo editing app when you can have a series of apps that are more limited in functionality? [Photoshop Blog]
- Gartner: Chromebook sales expected to hit 7.3 million in 2015
That represents a 27 percent boost from the previous year. Chromebooks still account for a relatively small portion of all PC sales… but at a time when traditional PC shipments tend to be stagnant, it’s interesting to see that Chrome OS device sales continue to grow. [Gartner]