Google Might Soon Unveil Password Free Login To Android Apps

Google's plan to remove conventional passwords in favor of systems which would take into account a combination of signals -- such as typing patterns, your walking patterns, your current location and many more will soon be available to Android developers by the end of the year. In an under-the radar announcement on Friday afternoon at the Google I/O developer conference, the head of Google’s research unit ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) Daniel Kaufman offered a brief update regarding the status of Project Abacus, the name given for a system which opts for biometrics over two-factor authentication.
 
Project Abacus was first introduced last year at Google I/O, where this was described as an ambitious plan in order to move the burden of passwords and PINs from the user to the device.
 
However, now, secure logins; like those used by banks or in the enterprise environment; often require more than just username and password. They require the entry of a unique PIN, which is usually sent to your phone via SMS or email. This is more commonly known as the two-factor authentication, as it combines something that you know (your password) with something that you have in possession (your phone).
 
With Project Abacus users were able to unlock the devices or sign into the applications which is based on cumulative “Trust Score.” This score would be calculated by using a variety of factors which includes your typing patterns, current locations, speed and voice pattern, facial recognition and numerous other things.
 
Google has already implemented similar technology on Android devices running Android 5 and higher known as “Smart Lock” which allows you to automatically unlock your device when you are in a trusted location, having a trusted Bluetooth device connected, when you are carrying your own device or when the device recognizes your face. The Smart Lock for password simply saves passwords to the apps and the websites, and auto-fills them for you when you visit next.
 
Project Abacus is a little different. It runs in the background on your device and regularly collects data about you in order to form its Trust Score.
 
This particular score is basically about how confident it is that you are who you say you are. If your score is not high enough, than the app would revert back and ask for a password. Earlier, ATAP had gone on to say that the apps would require different Trust Scores, for example, your bank might require a higher score compared to that of mobile game.