Windows Hello might hit Android
Windows Hello might not ring a bell to many users using it, but soon this name could become quite popular. Windows Hello is the sum of login technologies used in Windows 10, mainly fingerprint reading and face recognition. Previously used to unlock desktop PCs and laptops, Windows Hello is now on its way to a wide range of devices, including USB sticks, wearables, and - yet to be confirmed - Android handsets.
According to Microsoft senior program manager lead Anoosh Saboori quoted by Paul Thurrott, users "normally have the phone in their pocket, they [might] have some kind of wearable on their arm, some of them might have the security fobs given to them by their company, and many of us carry a badge with us that is used to gain access to different physical locations. We wanted to leverage these devices as a way to knowing the user."
The idea behind Saboori's words is that Windows Hello will soon expand to companion devices and browsers. More than just Windows-driven hardware, the list would include both Android handsets and iPhones. In the future, Windows-powered laptops and desktops could be configured to automatically lock when the companion device used to unlock it moves too far. Unfortunately, there is no information about the launch date of Windows Hello for new devices yet, but we will keep you posted.