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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor PayPal features detailed

PayPal has released details on how the fingerprint sensor of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will work with its services.

It has announced that its fingerprint-based authentication system in 25 countries across the world, just in time for the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date.

“The day has finally come when Samsung Galaxy S5 users in 25 countries can ditch their usernames and passwords and simply login to PayPal with their fingerprint to shop at the millions of business that accept PayPal on mobile websites, mobile apps and in stores,” said Hill Ferguson, Chief Product Officer at PayPal.

On your new Galaxy S5’s PayPal app, you’ll be able to login and authorise payments and other features by swiping your finger over the smartphone’s home button.

You won’t need to remember or input a complex password or your card details thanks to the fingerprint security.

The Galaxy S5 is the first to integrate the FIDO authentication standard. This technology was developed by a group of tech giants including Microsoft, Google, Lenovo and MasterCard.

“Customers can use their finger to pay with PayPal from their new Samsung Galaxy S5 because the FIDO Ready software on the device securely communicates between the fingerprint sensor on their device and PayPal’s service in the cloud,” explained John Lunn, PayPal Developer Network. “The only information the device shares with PayPal is a unique encrypted key that allows PayPal to verify the identity of the customer without having to store any biometric information on PayPal’s servers.”

PayPal has also released a new app for the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear Fit today, April 11.

The wrist-worn versions of the app won’t make use of the Samsung Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner of course, but will let you quickly check your PayPal balance, offer payment notifications and save offers promoted by local businesses.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner vs iPhone 5S Touch ID

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