Chromebooks have moved leaps and bounds since the first prototype was introduced at the end of 2010. Quite quickly, they have caught the attention of the laptop-buying public, thanks to the balances they strike between affordability, simplicity, and security.
Now, they’re getting even better. Some recent commits to the Chromium source code suggest that Google is looking to add support for fingerprint readers.
Google has added a few new security and login features to Chrome OS recently, including experimental support for using a PIN to unlock a Chromebook instead of password, and the ability to unlock a Chromebook using an Android phone.
According to a Chromium source code commit, it looks like at least one Chromebook with a fingerprint sensor is under development.
This is according to Chrome Unboxed where they have discovered evidence pointing towards Google adding fingerprint support to Chrome OS in the future.
Of course at the end of the day the onus falls onto the manufacturer of the Chromebook to install fingerprint scanners, but assuming that they do, they will be able to take advantage of Google’s baked-in support versus having to create their own. Given that Android already has support for fingerprint scanners, we suppose Chrome OS getting the feature as well was just a matter of time.
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Chromebooks are getting a resurgence, ironically with help from Android. Believed by some to eventually take the place of Android tablets, Chromebook makers and Chrome OS developers will need to step up the game, and quickly, to fill in those shoes.