Android users could soon no longer have to remember passwords to log into their devices or download apps, after Google revealed that it was rolling out its controversial Project Abacus to developers later this year.
Abacus ditches passwords for good, instead tracking user data such as location, how users type, how far they walk and even their faces to create a so–called ‘trust score’.
This means only device owners would be able to access their phones and the data stored on them.
Abacus could eventually do away with two–step verification and could make fingerprint scanners obsolete too.
Google told developers at its annual I/O event that ‘very large financial institutions’ would be trialling Abacus from next month.
Privacy campaigners are likely to be torn between the fact that Abacus offers powerful security while collecting sensitive data which, if it were to fall in the wrong hands, could be catastrophic from smartphone owners.
Google has not specified whether Abacus will form part of Android N, which is due to launch later this summer.
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