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One of the coolest things revealed at Google I/O 2015 went a bit "under the radar." Higher profile technologies took the limelight, but Google's new "Smart Lock" Password Manager could end up being one of the most used concepts of the event.
Smart Lock is basically a new password manager that is meant to help facilitate automatic logins. Here's a quote directly from Google with some of the details,
With Smart Lock for Passwords, you get frictionless sign-in and sign-up into apps on Android and sites in Chrome with any account. Users will get automatically signed-in across devices.
In turn, you reduce the risk of forgotten user passwords and missed conversion opportunities when users get frustrated trying to sign in or move on to another activity.
Once your user saves a password to Smart Lock, they can skip entering their credentials on all of their Chrome and Android devices.
It looks like several companies have already announced support for Smart Lock including Netflix, The New York Times, Orbitz, Instacart, and Eventbrite.
Although it seems incredibly convenient, it seems like this service could become a potentially contentious security issue. Google hasn't shared more details yet on how they address this concern. What do you folks think?
Source: Google Identity Platform Google Developers