As reported earlier by our friends at Chrome Unboxed, Chrome OS is getting support for fingerprint scanners. The latest version of Chrome OS canary channel has this feature as an experimental flag.
A recent Chromium OS commit log unearthed by Chrome Unboxed had this description:
“This sets up interrupt line used by the fingerprint sensor on Gru. Note
that spidev driver does not use it, but the real driver will.”
Looks like the code is now ready for testing. The current version of Chrome OS Canary on my Chromebook is 58.0.3015.0. This version comes with the flag:
Quick Unlock (Fingerprint): “Enabling fingerprint quick unlock allows you to setup and use a fingerprint to unlock your Chromebook on the lock screen after you have signed into your device.”
Surely, we will need a Chromebook with fingerprint to test this out. (If any of you have a fingerprint scanner accessory, be sure to give it a try too!). For now, we can be happy about the fact that there is a new device, almost ready, with fingerprint scanner. It might take weeks if not months before we see that device in the market, but surely, this is very interesting event for Chrome OS fans like me!
Chrome OS is testing another quick unlock method using PIN. I have become a big fan of this feature. It will of course look a lot more natural with Chromebooks with Play Store access. For now, even on this Chromebook without Play Store, I find this feature really useful. I am sure you all will appreciate PIN unlock when it lands in the stable channel.