Google Pay now supports biometric facial recognition

We already know that Google is doing a lot of work in order to promote its Payment service known as Google Pay.

With the introduction of the all-new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL smartphones.Android’s BiometricPrompt API, a new back-end language that accepts more biometric methods of authentication than just fingerprint readers for the first Android phone carrying hardware that’s sophisticated enough to replace your fingerprint with your face.

Google Pay Face Biometric Feature
Google Pay Face Biometric Feature

How does Google Pay Biometric Facial Recognition work?

Folks who have a Pixel 4 already and use Google Pay on a daily basis can smile knowing that all they have to do is look at their phone when paying for merchandise at a terminal or sending friends and family money.

The Google Play application will automatically identify you before any transaction goes through, verifying that you are, indeed, the one trying to spend your own hard-earned money.

What is Google Play?

Google Pay lets you keep everything you need to speed through checkout on your phone. Plus, the Home tab gives you all the information you need, right when you need it. See your recent transactions, find nearby stores, and enjoy access to rewards while you shop.

It also protects your payment info with multiple layers of security, using one of the world’s most advanced security infrastructures to help keep your account safe. And when you pay in stores, Google Pay uses an encrypted number instead of your actual card number, so your real card details stay safe.

From daily commutes to cross-country flights, you can go anywhere with Google Pay. Simply save your tickets and transit passes, use your phone at the gate, and go.

Google Pay is available on all non-rooted Android devices (Lollipop 5.0+).

Note for Android App Developers

And with the introduction of this new feature, Google is requiring all developers to implement support of the BiometricPrompt API in-app updates that go out after November 1, 2019.

That means that, while your banking or other favorite apps won’t necessarily get facial recognition support after November 1, the next update they issue after Nov 1 will be required to support the tech in addition to fingerprint recognition.

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