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Fingerprint readers look headed to Chromebooks

by Jacob Kleinman | September 6, 2016September 6, 2016 1:30 pm EST

Chromebooks just keep getting better. Google is still working to bring Android apps to Chrome OS, and now it looks like fingerprint scanner support could also be coming to the future Chromebooks.

The news comes from a bit of code spotted on Chromium Review, which appears to add support for the biometric technology. It’s included in the new Gru baseboard that could be used for an upcoming 360-degree convertible Chromebook codenamed “Kevin.” We hope the  same sensors also come to an entire fleet of upcoming Chrome OS laptops.

Google recently suspended sales for the Chromebook Pixel 2, suggesting that a third-generation model could be on the way. Adding a fingerprint scanner could be a good way to distinguish the new laptop. It would also help the company compete with Apple’s rumored new MacBook Pro, which allegedly sports a built-in Touch ID sensor.

Rumor has it Google is set to hold a big hardware event on October 4 where we should see a handful of new gadgets unveiled. That could include the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, along with a new Chromecast and Google Home. Will the company add an upgraded Chromebook to the list? We sure hope so.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...