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Google has introduced a new feature to its Android operating system that allows you to access a smartphone’s fingerprint information from within the Android operating systems home screen.
The feature, called fingerprint clapping, is currently only available on the Google Play store for devices running Android 7.1.1 and up, but it’s not yet available on older devices.
The fingerprint clapper feature, which allows you “to tap on a fingerprint to access it,” allows you not only to view your fingerprint data, but also use it to unlock the device, a feature that’s been available on devices running older Android versions.
Android 7.0 Nougat, the last version of Android that Google rolled out to users, was the last to offer the fingerprint clap feature.
Google says that fingerprint clappers are only available to users who have access to the device through the Android settings app.
“If you have access via the Android Settings app, you can tap on the fingerprint icon in the top right corner to access the fingerprint tap functionality,” a Google spokesperson told Android Authority.
“Once the user has tap the fingerprint, the fingerprint is displayed in a new section called ‘fingerprint.’
This area contains the fingerprint information that was previously stored on the device.”
The feature is currently available on Android devices running the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo, but Android 7 users who are running Oreo will be able to tap the Google icon on the home screen to access fingerprint claps as well.
The Google spokesperson also said that the feature will not be available to older Android devices.
“The feature will be available for Android 8, 8.1, and 9 devices through Android 7,” the spokesperson said.
“The fingerprint tap feature will only be available in older Android phones that have been updated to Oreo.”
In the past, Android has used fingerprint clapped devices as a way to unlock phones.
Fingerprint clapped phones have the same functionality as the Android lockscreen and can be used to unlock Android phones through the lockscreen.
But that functionality has always been limited to unlocking devices through the phone’s lockscreen, as Google has said that fingerprint unlocks are not supported on all Android devices, including the Pixel.