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Google unifies app sign-in with Credential Manager API

Available to app developers in alpha starting today, the new Credential Manager Jetpack API for Android allows developers to simplify sign-in development in their apps.

Android apps support various authentication methods that help users log into their accounts. You can sign in with your username, phone number, or biometrics, or use federated sign-in solutions such as Sign-in with Google. While having so many app sign-in options is a bonus, Google wants to make things a little easier for those who don’t want to fiddle around with the different interfaces that each option presents. To this end, the company has released the Credential Manager API.

Available to app developers in alpha starting today, the new Credential Manager Jetpack API for Android allows developers to simplify sign-in development in their apps. It supports multiple login methods, including username and password, and federated login solutions, allowing developers to easily integrate it into their applications.

For end users, the Credential Manager API “unifies the login experience across different authentication methods, making it clearer and easier for users to sign in to applications, regardless of the method they choose,” Google said in a blog post. Highlighting the benefits of the new API, Google said: “Users are faced with multiple login methods, and in many of these cases, the login methods are parallel ways for the user to log in to the same account. Credential Manager consolidates all available login methods into a single list by deduplicating entries for the same account. This simplification allows users to focus on choosing an account without having to understand basic sign-in technology.”

The Credential Manager API also supports passkeys, the new industry standard for passwordless authentication that is more secure than using a username and password to sign in to applications. This will allow users to generate app passkeys and store them in Google Password Manager. Saved passwords will sync across all devices that are signed in to the same Google account.

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