When Google released the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, they added official support for fingerprint scanning to Android’s main code base. On the surface, this was done to ensure that the fingerprint scanner in their own devices could be used to its full extent, but because it was added to AOSP, this meant that the new Fingerprint API could be used by any Android manufacturer.

As a result, we now have a unified fingerprint-scanning interface on Android, which developers can plug into when creating third-party apps. One of the first developers to jump on board was Rick Clephas, whose newest app adds an… more


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