Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released more than five months ago, but it has yet to reach a significant number of Android devices.
In fact, the latest stats reveal that the OS is only on a little over 1% of all Android devices in the market today – which is embarrassing, considering the wealth of features and abilities the OS comes with.
Android M is the 6th version of this OS, coming in with the most anticipated fingerprint support. Using this feature, users will be able to forget the old password or passcode authentication methods they’ve been using for the entire existence of smartphones.
Secure purchases on Google Play
When making purchases or payments through the Play Store, one has to authenticate the process for funds to be transferred to the necessary parties. With the new Android Marshmallow update, this process has been made a lot easier as users will not have to memorize passcodes and passwords used on services such as Google Play or even Android Pay.
Even though the new OS comes with support for fingerprint authentication, it doesn’t mean this will work on all devices running on the Marshmallow software. Your device must also meet the minimum conditions – a fingerprint scanner. If you a phone such as the latest Nexus 6P or even the budget Nexus 5X, it is time to say goodbye to passwords.
In fact, you will agree that using a fingerprint scanner in authenticating payments in Android Pay or purchases in Google Play is a lot faster than using passwords. As mentioned earlier, the aspects of privacy and security are well taken care of here for the final decision on any purchases will rest with you, regardless of whom you share your account with.
Setting up fingerprint authentication in Android M
In case you don’t have an idea of how to setup fingerprint authentication on capable devices running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, here is how to do it:
Open the Play Store and draw out the slid-out menu then find the Settings. When in there, scroll down and find Fingerprint authentication and then tap on the checkbox just next to it. When prompted, provide your password and that’s it!
From now henceforth, you don’t have to depend on passwords when making purchases in the Google Play Store, instead, a pop-up will now be showing up asking you to provide your fingerprint.
As mentioned earlier, this option is only available to those whose devices have an in-built fingerprint scanner or sensor.