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Android M Fingerprint gets its first backer, Dashlane

Following the announcement of the Android M Developer Preview at Google I/O yesterday, Dashlane has revealed it will be one of the first companies to make use of the operating system’s new fingerprint capabilities.

The password manager service says it will support the freshly-unveiled Google Android M Fingerprint, allowing users to access sensitive information by simply scanning their digits.

According to the company, “The new Fingerprint and Confirm Credential APIs will … [allow] users to quickly authenticate and access secured data.”

Google this week said that it will open the necessary APIs to enable developers to bring fingerprint support to any app. This will also be extended to Android Pay for the authorisation of payments, much like Apple Pay.

Users will be able to unlock their Dashlane accounts using their fingerprint, providing a speedy way to access passwords.

Once in, they will also be able to use their fingerprint to access any sensitive information stored within Dashlane, including payment and contact info.

“Dashlane’s integration of Android’s new API shows that convenience and security don’t have to be mutually exclusive,” said Emmanuel Schalit, the CEO of Dashlane.

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“Our usage of fingerprint authentication technology gives consumers a win-win scenario; they get the speed and ease of use they desire, but don’t sacrifice their security.

“This is a positive development for both the security and mobile industries. It also brings Dashlane yet another step closer towards becoming a universal identity solution for consumers across all of their devices.”