In what seems like a glaring oversight, Google has not supported fingerprint of any form of biometric authentication on its Chrome OS platform. While competing devices from Apple and Microsoft have long since let users choose to use some form of biometric authentication either natively or via peripherals Google has long since lagged behind in this. That status quo may soon be at an end.
A Chromium gerrit commit has shown support for face unlock coming to ChromeOS with text for the OOBE like “Set up your fingerprint” “place our finger” etc have been spotted in the past days. This indicates that Google is preparing to add support for fingerprint sensors to ChromeOS. Another short video discovered in Chrome OS 70’s dev builds by Chrome unboxed shows the set up process on a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Google has recently announced a new hardware event for its Pixel products in a month. It makes perfect sense for us to see a refresh of last year’s Pixelbook as well. If Google is launching a refresh, the question that remains is whether the firm will debit biometric authentication on its laptop now, or announce it and enable it later in a future update. We’ll learn more next month when Google holds its New York event.