Google Pay adds Biometric for Digital Payments: The Google Pay users previously had to enter a PIN to secure their transactions. This has changed now with the latest update. Google has now added support for biometrics API so that you can use your fingerprints or face to authenticate your money transfers. The new feature does the job faster than the traditional PIN security.
The feature is currently available only for Android 10 Devices but according to the Android Police report, the feature might also come to Android 9 phones soon. Users can find the option under the Sending money section of the app. Users can switch from PIN to biometric security or keep both options to protect the money transfers done via an app. However, it is important to know that the biometric security feature works only for the money transfers and not the NFC payments in stores. For that, you still have to unlock your phone.
Biometric security has several advantages over PIN-based security. Remembering the PIN can be annoying at times. “You’re probably hearing advice about making sure that it’s complicated or that there’s a requirement to have certain characters that are infuriating from a user point of view,” Google’s product manager for authentication, Steven Soneff told mobilesyrup.
Google Pay is the rebranded version of the UPI-based Tez app which was launched in the year 2017. The company rebranded it to Google Pay in 2018. The app today has 67 million active users in India. Google Pay recently also started sending app notifications and SMS to users informing about their transactions.