Users of Android would finally now be able to use a feature that iPad and iPhone users are enjoying since years. The feature we are talking about is the ability of authorizing payments on the app store using the fingerprint sensor of the device. Recently, the Google Play store app was updated for Android users. The use of fingerprint sensor was also enabled by the company as an authentication method during purchases.
Users having selected handsets can make purchases by placing the finger on the sensor. However, a fingerprint reader is necessary for utilizing this feature. The fingerprint sensor trend was started with launch of iPhone 5s in the year 2013 and till date, this feature is offered by only few Android handsets. Recently, the Coolpad Note 3, OnePlus2, Galaxy Note Range and Galaxy S have this feature.
Native support for the reader is a very big feature that is enabled by Google with release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which the latest mobile operating system. The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X come with the Nexus Imprint sensor, the blueprint for certification demands of Google from Android OEMs. Until now, only 1 usage of this feature was being showcased by the company and its hardware partners. It is the unlocking the lockscreen. However, slightly wider support was enabled by selected platforms and apps.
Android Police firstly spotted this feature and it is disabled by default. Users who have interest in using this new capability must go to the settings of Google Play app and get the option enabled from under the section of User controls. The handset must run Android 6.0 and must have a compatible fingerprint sensor for facilitating the feature.