Google wants to turn passwords obsolete. So at I/O 2016, the search giant showed off its plans to achieve just that. Google’s idea is to use a combination of metrics like users’ typing patters, walking patterns, current location and other data as the new login method.
Google already has a similar feature by the name ‘Smart Lock’ which keeps your device unlocked when you are in a trusted location or paired to a trusted Bluetooth device. The new feature, code named Project Abacus, is a literal extension to the Smart Lock feature. According to TechCrunch, the new feature will override two-factor authentication widely deployed right now.
Google had introduced Project Abacus at I/O 2015 and it was dubbed as an effort to eliminate passwords and PINs altogether and it seems to be taking shape now. Google says it will make the feature available to Android developers by year-end.
Google’s Project Abacus runs in the background on a device and continually collects data to form a Trust Score, reports TechCrunch. “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,” TechCrunch quotes Daniel Kaufman, the head of Google’s research unit ATAP as saying.