Google showed off password-free logins last year as part of Project Abacus, and it now looks like the feature will see wider availability this year. Project Abacus monitors a combination of signals in real-time to verify your authenticity, including typing and voice patterns, current location, facial recognition, and more. This “Trust Score” is used to determine if you are who you say who are.
At an I/O 2016 session, head of Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) unit Daniel Kaufman talked about the pitfalls of password-based authentication, and how modern-day phones with their bevy of sensors are the way forward:
We have a phone, and these phones have all these sensors in them. Why couldn’t it just know who I was, so I don’t need a password? I should just be able to work.
Google has crafted a Trust API, bringing together everything it’s learned from Project Abacus. Kaufman said that “several very large financial institutions” will test the Trust API in June, following which it will be made available to Android developers by the end of the year.
While it certainly is a novel idea, it will be interesting to see the reception the feature receives. We’ll have more to share in the coming months. What are your thoughts on password-free logins?