Google is making it easier to sign in to Android apps

Summary

  • Google’s Credential Manager is an API that’s supposed to simplify logins and enable passkey support on Android.
  • The Credential Manager automatically detects if multiple sign-in options are available for the same account and prioritizes the most convenient one for the user.
  • Third-party password managers can also hook into the API to make their passkeys available for use.


Passkeys are the latest step forward when it comes to protecting your precious data. They’re meant to replace passwords and two-factor authentication, all in one. However, with so many different authentication options available these days, it gets harder to remember which method you’re using to sign in to which service. Google is looking to combat this problem on Android with its new Credential Manager, an API developers can use to automatically guide you to the right login method in their apps.

The Credential Manager has been available in testing for about a year, and Google is now bringing it to the masses starting with November 1, 2023. As the Credential Manager rolls out across devices, developers will be able to rely on it to guide you through the login process. Along the way, the Credential Manager also enables simple and standardized support for passkeys for Android apps. Some popular services like WhatsApp and Uber are already using Credential Manager.

A schematic of all the steps you need to sign in with Credential Manager

The Credential Manager will automatically notice if you’re using multiple sign-in options for the same account (think a password, a passkey, and the “Sign in with Google” option) and pick the most convenient one for you automatically, without forcing you to dig through multiple options for a single account. Instead, it prioritizes listing different accounts you might have with a given service, making it simple to switch between your personal account and your family account, for example.

If you use Google Password Manager,

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Tech stocks look strong, but here’s a sign the sector is actually under a lot of stress

Contrary to what Wall Street is saying, another advertising and marketing agency confirmed that the technology sector appears to be having a lot of trouble when it comes to discretionary spending on advertising and marketing.

Shares of Interpublic Group of Companies Inc.
IPG,
-0.45%
plunged 13.3% to close at $32.87 on Friday, enough to lead the S&P 500 index’s
SPX,
+0.99%
losers, after the company missed second-quarter revenue expectations and cut its full-year growth outlook in half, citing weakness in the technology sector. The stock suffered the biggest one-day selloff since it tumbled 15.3% on March 12, 2020.

That comes just two days after fellow ad agency Omnicom Group Inc.’s stock
OMC,
+0.26%
tumbled 10.4% to pace the S&P 500’s decliners, after also missing on revenue and providing a somewhat downbeat outlook, amid a “pause” in tech-sector spending as clients have become “more cautious.”

And the companies also said they saw softness from tech-sector clients in their first-quarter reports.

That might seem counterintuitive to investors, given that the technology sector has been the S&P 500’s strongest this year. The Technology Select Sector SPDR exchange-traded fund
XLK,
+1.36%
has soared 41.5% year to date, while the S&P 500 index
SPX,
+0.99%
has advanced 18.2%.

Interpublic Chief Executive Philippe Krakowsky said Friday on a post-earnings call with analysts that the tech sector is moving through a “challenging period” that has included significant cost and workforce cuts.

“[W]hat we have seen is that the sector is under a lot of stress,” Krakowsky said, according to an AlphaSense transcript.

He said the pressure Interpublic has seen in sector isn’t from smaller tech companies, or those backed by venture capitalists, but a “relatively small group of large companies.”

And given a “modestly more uncertain” macroeconomic environment, Krakowsky said it’s clear that pressure on the tech

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