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Google's Android and Chrome browsers begin testing passkeys

Google today announced that Android and Chrome browsers bring preliminary Passkey passkey support. The first phase gives developers access to the technology by using Google Play Services Beta and Chrome Canary and lets them add support for the feature to their websites and apps.

Google hopes to roll out support for the feature to the Stable channel later this year when some developers will incorporate the technology into their products.

A passkey is an alternative form of password, designed to provide a more secure and faster password-free login experience for various websites and apps. Unlike passwords, passkeys are a standards-based technology. It resists phishing, has excellent security at all times, and avoids the sharing of secrets by design.

The Passkey interface is similar to the autofill interface that Chrome phone users are already familiar with. Using Passkey is as simple as selecting an account to log in, then using the user's fingerprint, face, or screen lock to gain access. Users can also log in on a nearby device using the passcode on their phone if they so choose. If you want to log into the website on your computer, you can provide a QR code and scan it with your phone to approve access.

Google's next milestone is bringing API support to native Android apps. Developers building support into their applications will allow users the option to log in with a Passkey or a password. With the popularity of Passkey, the need to create and remember passwords will decrease, which could lead to fewer instances of hacked accounts.

Passkey is an industry-standard that Apple, Microsoft, and Google have all invested in as part of the FIDO Alliance and the W3C to build a password-free future.

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