The Google Chrome 70 version for Android has added fingerprint authentication, which is a great addition to the popular browser. The new fingerprint authentication is available for both the Android version of Chrome and also the Mac version. This is going to add another layer of security to the Google Chrome browser, and it is going to be very useful overall. We have the latest news about the new Google Chrome beta update, so keep reading to learn more.
Google Chrome 70 Update Brings Fingerprint Authentication & More
The new Google Chrome beta update brings the version to Chrome 70. In the new update, the biggest feature you will notice that was added was fingerprint authentication. This allows for even more security than ever before, both for developers and for users. Biometrics can now be used by the developers for even more security on Google Chrome. The fingerprint authentication is coming to both the Android version of Google Chrome and the Mac version.
There are already fingerprint sensors on most Android devices and also Mac devices. What the new Google Chrome beta update does is allow for Chrome to utilize those existing sensors. Obviously, you will need to have a newer device that has a fingerprint scanner in order to use the new Google Chrome fingerprint authentication feature. We do not know if any other biometric security will come to older iOS or Android devices yet.
Google Chrome 70 Android Update Adds New Shape Detection API
Another cool feature that can be found in the Google Chrome Android update is a new Shape Detection API. With this new API, you can now identify objects that are in pictures and other images. Faces will be able to be identified in the images, and also text can be viewed in the images. You can also use the new Shape Detection API when you can QR codes. Barcodes and many other things will be recognized using this API, although it is an experimental feature that Google is playing with right now. That means it might or might not make it onto the stable Google Chrome 70 release in the future.
In the beta Google Chrome 70 Android update, you will also notice there is now web Bluetooth support. This is coming to the Windows 10 platform and it allows the Chrome browser to communicate with Bluetooth devices that are nearby. It is a pretty cool feature but Windows 10 did not have this support, while other versions already had the feature. If you have not tried out the web Bluetooth support feature before, you will be able to check it out on Windows 10.
Google Chrome 70 Android Beta Update Available Right Now
The last new addition to the Google Chrome Android app beta release we wanted to tell you about is the new ability to automatically exit out of full-screen mode. If a file picker, payment prompt, or other authentication prompt appears, Chrome will exit out of full-screen mode.
This will happen automatically so that you do not have to close out of the full-screen mode in order to accept or click on a . prompt. That new feature to automatically exit out of full-screen mode is definitely going to come in handy. This is especially true while on your Android device. If you need to click confirm on a payment, Chrome can now automatically exit to allow you to quickly confirm that payment.
How to Get the New Google Chrome 70 Android Beta Update
We are super excited for all of the new features found in the Google Chrome Android beta update. You will also find all of these new features on the Google Chrome Mac version. The new Google Chrome beta update is version 70. We expect to see the stable release of Google Chrome 70 within a matter of weeks. You can try out the new version in Google Play Store as we speak.
If you do not want to wait for the stable release, you can try out the new beta version right now. You will really enjoy all of the new features, including the fingerprint authentication support. This is going to add another layer of security to your Android browsing experience.
We want to know what you think about the new Google Chrome beta Android update in the comments below. Do you like the added security with the new fingerprint authentication? Are you more likely to use Google Chrome now with these additional features? What else are you hoping that Google adds to Chrome for Android and Mac in the future?