Two full years after its last major update, Google Authenticator for Android is adorned with a new update. If not really ambitious, it allows you to add an additional dose of confidentiality.
Its last major update dated back to May 2020. Two years later, Google is bringing some modest new features to its Google Authenticator authentication application. Rather unappealing, the application therefore evolves through its version 5.20, still being deployed to Android users. Failing to revolutionize the formula, this minor update notably provides an additional layer of confidentiality when it comes to using single-use codes.
Rolled out gradually over the past few weeks, Google Authenticator 5.20 now hides the six-digit PIN codes of the accounts it hosts. To reveal a code, the user must simply click on it, then re-click on it to hide it again if needed.
A new code transfer function in the menu
We also discover that it is possible to automatically transfer a masked code to the login which is waiting to be completed. To do this, simply click and hold on the corresponding code. This functionality, however, deserves to be refined since the hidden codes thus transferred unfortunately appear in clear text in the overlay of the clipboard of Android 13, notes AndroidPolice.
The media also notes that not all users have yet been granted Google Authenticator 5.20, which however began to be deployed by Google on May 23. If the update should be completed soon everywhere around the world, it is therefore possible that your turn has not yet come. If you haven’t been served and you don’t want to wait any longer, installing the application via its APK can also be a solution.
Note anyway that Google Anthenticator is starting to lag behind competing two-factor authentication applications. More sophisticated, some of them offer better organization of codes or certain welcome additional features, such as biometric connection.
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