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Google planning to introduce password-free logins by end of 2016

Google is aiming to significantly change the way that passwords are used within Android apps. The search engine giant is at an advanced stage of developing a system that will work to intelligently identify users, without requiring a password to be entered.

The new system is called Trust API, and it has been developed out of Project Abacus, which was first announced at the Google I/O developer conference in 2015. Trust API works by assessing a wide range of factors – such as typing patterns, facial recognition, location and speech – to try and identify a user.

Next month the system will be tested by some major banking organisations. If the trials go to plan, then Trust API could start to roll out by the end of the year.