Google's Pixel 4 series completely ditched the fingerprint sensor and put all its eggs in the Face Unlock basket. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the technology involved in the process is top-notch and on par with Apple's Face ID. Since there is no other form of biometric authentication on the Pixel 4, all apps that previously relied on fingerprints will now have to rely on Face Unlock. It includes a bevy of apps ranging from Google Pay to banking apps and even password managers such as LastPass. Password managers make life a whole lot easier by eliminating the need to enter a password into apps/websites. Today, LastPass just announced that they'd support the Google Pixel 4's Face Unlock as a valid method of authentication. According to their press release:
Google’s Pixel 4 offers a passwordless solution that enables users to authenticate into their applications using facial recognition as opposed to a traditional username and password, providing a more seamless login experience for users coupled with higher levels of security. Our customers who use a Google Pixel 4 device will soon be able to authenticate into LastPass using the Pixel 4’s facial recognition technology.
The functionality isn't live yet and will be enabled in a future update to the LastPass app. Every app that relied on fingerprint data as a form of authentication will now receive an update allowing it to use the Pixel 4's Face Unlock as a substitute. It could take anything between weeks to several months for these changes to roll out, depending on the developer. In the meanwhile, Pixel 4 users are going to have to rely on old-fashioned authentication methods such as a PIN or password. All the tinfoil hat arguments aside, biometrics is the most secure form of user authentication out there, and we're glad to see that it is being accepted more widely, especially in these troubled times.