Protect Your Apps with FingerPrint Scanner SDK
This is a speculative development. It technically doesn’t go anywhere, however, it has the potential to be amazing and fully supported with the right kind of developers behind it. A few days ago, AuthenTec, an international development company, released the SDK for fingerprint scanning technology on all Android smartphones. At first, the thread really didn’t grab my attention because I didn’t think many phones actually support fingerprint scanning. That was until XDA member Mgamerz posted a thread detailing many different facts about AuthenTec, their SDK and its possibilities in the very near future.
Google said themselves that their new service, Google Wallet, will feature fingerprint recognition to unlock the ability to actually pay for an item. That obviously starts ringing alarm bells that not only ‘a few’ phones are going to support the technology by manufacturers who actually want to support a service which will most likely be extremely popular, because Google is popular, and there is only one thing that happens when you’re the biggest website in the world and you design a new electronic payment method–people use it.
But the idea of only using this sort of technology to unlock your phone has already been overlooked to using the technology to unlock features within apps. It would be useful to banks, for example, who need to verify the identity of its users and protect their finances.
Mgamerz doesn’t only go on to speculate the potential use of this technology, but instead informs you which parts of the SDK don’t work correctly and how you can overcome these issues to compile a useful bundle of code which actually works.
This is something which can only go far if people are willing to accept that patterns or pins are not the only, or best, way of protecting your phone, data and money. If you’re interested by what you’ve read here, head over to the thread to grab the SDK for yourself, research its potential uses and leave a message of support for the developer.