Chrome 70 Brings Support For Fingerprint Sensor And Shape Detection

Google has announced the release of its newest Chrome Beta channel 'Chrome 70' with many new capabilities like Shape Detection feature and Web Authentication.

Recently, Google has announced the release of its newest Chrome Beta channel 'Chrome 70' for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows, with many new capabilities like Shape Detection feature and Web Authentication.
 
The Chrome 70 beta release is added with shape detection that would enable the device's shape detection capabilities to be available on the web, letting users identify faces, images, and texts.
 
For Chrome 70, Shape Detection API is available for experimentation through a Chrome origin trial. The Shape Detection API is composed of three different APIs: A Face Detection API, a Barcode Detection API and a Text Detection API.
 
An example to give you a taste of these APIs was set-out in the announcement blog of finding all barcodes in a given image and printing their values to the console.
  1. const image = document.getElementById('someImage');  
  2. try {  
  3. const barcodeDetector = new BarcodeDetector();  
  4. const barcodes = await barcodeDetector.detect(image);  
  5. barcodes.forEach(barcode => console.log(barcodes.rawValue));  
  6. catch (exception) {  
  7. console.error('Boo! Barcode detection failed:', exception);  
  8. }  
  9.    
The new version also has two updates to the Web Authentication API related to the 'PublicKeyCredential' type. The Web Authentication API has been added with a new credential type, 'PublicKeyCredential', that enables a web application in creating and using strong, cryptographically attested, and application-scoped credentials to strongly authenticate users.
 
Earlier, this feature was enabled by default on the desktop in Chrome 67. Now, it has been made a default functionality on Android also.
 
Source: chromium 
 
"Also enabled by default are macOS's TouchID and Android's fingerprint sensor via Web Authentication. These allow developers to access biometric authenticators through the Credential Management API's PublicKeyCredential type." posted Chromium
 
Now, the new Chrome will exit full-screen mode when dialog boxes — including file pickers and authentication/payment prompts — appear. This change is to ensure that users have proper context before taking a decision on dialogs and alerts.
 
Chrome 70 also brings support for web Bluetooth on Windows 10 that would enable Chrome to communicate with other near Bluetooth devices.
 
To see a complete list of the features in Chrome 70, you can visit the complete announcement here.