In a move that may seem like a bold move on their part, Apple and Google are offering a two-factor authentication service to its iOS and Android phones that will give the user access to the phone and unlock it, with the ability to switch between the two, if they want to.
Users will be able to register for a new app or unlock their device by tapping a small button on the lock screen.
That will activate a special “fingerprint scanner” that will allow the device to be unlocked if they choose to.
That fingerprint scanner will work in conjunction with the phone’s fingerprint reader and a PIN.
The process of taking an iPhone or Android phone is also reversible.
“With these two-step verification and lock screen unlocking, we’re giving users the ability for them to easily and securely unlock their phones and their devices, without the need to take a picture of their phone or enter their PIN,” Apple’s product manager Rob Schmitz wrote in an email to The Verge.
The two-way authentication process works by using a fingerprint reader on the phone itself to read the user’s fingerprint and send the user an encrypted message.
Once that message has been received, it’s sent back to the sender.
This is the way iOS and other Apple-made devices work.
In Android, there’s a system in place that takes a picture and sends it back to a server for authentication.
Users can also simply tap a button on their phone’s lock screen to start the verification process.
Then they’ll be given the option to switch to a different app or enter a PIN, as long as they have a device with both a fingerprint scanner and an unlocked phone.
Users will be required to confirm their choice before unlocking the device.
The service is not currently available on iPhones or Android phones, though it is currently available in the UK and Germany.
The service will launch in Australia later this month.
Users are required to sign in with a username and password on both platforms.
The fingerprint scanner also works with Android phones with a fingerprint sensor on them.
The company said that while fingerprint verification is still a relatively new feature, it was already popular on Android phones.
“We’re happy to announce that in the coming months we’ll be adding support for a more robust two-point verification and unlock process across all Android phones and tablets, including those from our partners such as HTC and Motorola,” the company said in a blog post.
“We hope that these improvements will help reduce the risk of phishing, fraud and other fraudulent activity that can occur when using a new smartphone.”
For more on the iPhone 6, watch:The announcement comes after Samsung, Google, and others have launched their own fingerprint authentication service for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
In addition to fingerprint scanning, Samsung is offering its own Samsung Pay, a mobile payment service that will be supported on all Samsung phones.
Google and HTC have also offered similar authentication services for the Nexus 6, but it’s unclear whether they’ll also offer their own two-part-two-factor-authentication service.