Fingerprint scanners are increasingly being used for access control on smartphones. This most basic use of these scanners is to enable users to lock and unlock their device, however, the can also be used for payment authorization and controlling access to other apps and services. The Bank of America app has now received support for Android’s fingerprint scanner, allowing users to log into their bank accounts on the handset using their fingerprints.
The Bank of America app on Android previously only had support for Samsung’s fingerprint scanner so unless you had a select device from the Korean manufacturer you couldn’t log into your BoA account with a fingerprint scanner.
The app has now received support for the native fingerprint recognition API in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This means that more handsets from a variety of manufacturers will soon be able to tap into this feature as the app now supports Android’s native fingerprint scanner feature.
Currently, those who own the Nexus 5X and 6P can log into their Bank of America accounts using the fingerprint scanner on their handsets. The feature remains available on Samsung devices. The app will support other handsets in the future without BoA having to completely rewrite the app for each one of them, all that it’ll need is Marshmallow on a device before flipping the switch on support for it.
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