Use Your Fingerprint to Unlock an Android Smartphone

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Who needs Touch ID? Thanks to a new Android app, you can unlock your smartphone with a touch of your finger for free.

ICE Unlock is a brand new Android app that uses your phone’s front-facing camera to scan a high-resolution image of your fingerprint. From there, you can use your fingerprint as verification to unlock your phone, functionally the same as Touch ID. And, for emergencies, you’ll need to have a backup pin ready, so you won’t ever find yourself locked out of your phone completely.

ICE claims to be a true biometric scanner for Android. Rather than touching your fingerprint to the screen, you’ll be unlocking your phone using the front facing camera again, which will match your fingerprint map with the template they have stored (which you provide initially). Your fingerprints are stored locally, not on central servers, for a little added privacy reassurance.

ICE Unlock is available now for free on Google Play.

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