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Dashlane Integrates Samsung Biometric Technology in Android App Upgrade

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In integrating Samsung’s fingerprint biometric technology to its Android app, Dashlane’s password-management platform can now be used with all Samsung devices, including Galaxy S6 and S5, Note 4, and Note Edge.

Download the upgraded app here.

The decision to focus on the Android ecosystem was no accident. Dashlane’s platform has been iOS compatible since late May 2015, and company CEO Emmanuel Schalit said the company had been planning to focus on a version for Android users as soon as possible. “The adoption of biometric technology in the Android ecosystem is just the latest example of our aggressive product roadmap,” Schalit said. “We made a strategic decision, after closing our B round twelve months ago, to put as many resources into product development as possible.”

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From left: Dashlane’s Nishant Mani, VP of partnerships and marketing, and CEO Emmanuel Schalit presented at FinovateEurope 2013 in London.

Interestingly, company CEO Schalit has written critically about the reliance on biometric technology, pointing out in a spring column that “unlike passwords, biometric data that has been stolen cannot be changed.” On the other hand, Anna Drennan, product marketing manager, this week suggested on the Dashlane blog that the combination of passwords and biometric authentication was a winning solution for Dashlane’s more than 2 million users.

Dashlane enables consumers to store passwords, credit cards, and digital wallets in one secure location. Logging in and accessing websites is faster and easier with Dashlane, and the technology can be used to make secure online payments while on the go. The platform is free to use, with a premium version available for $40 a year that adds cross-device syncing, secure cloud backup, and enhanced support.

Founded in 2009 by Bernard Liautaud, Dashlane has offices in both New York City, and Paris, France. The company has raised more than $30 million in funding, and includes Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, and Rho Ventures, among its investors. Dashlane demonstrated its password-management platform at FinovateEurope 2013 in London.