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(Pocket-lint) - Android devices will soon have fingerprint-scanning capabilities.

Speaking to USA Today, Michael Barrett, the president of FIDO Alliance, hinted that consumers in six months will be able to buy the latest Android handsets equipped with a FIDO-based biometric sensor. The sensor, much like Touch ID found in Apple's iPhone 5S, will let users swipe their fingerprints to access online accounts.

Read: Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor explained: Here's what you need to know

"The initial FIDO-equipped Android devices, along with an array of commercial services using the FIDO protocols, are on track to roll out in early 2014," said Barrett.

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Barrett didn't specify which companies would launch FIDO-equipped Android devices in 2014, though they'll likely be members of FIDO. FIDO is a non-profit organization attempting to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices as well as the issues users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords.  A couple of the more prominent FIDO members include Lenovo and LG.

Interestingly, while Barrett was mum on naming the Android device manufacturers currently embracing FIDO, he did mention Apple as a potential candidate:  "Our view is that it's possible Apple might choose to start using FIDO, but that's probably a couple of years out," he said.

Although Apple notoriously loves to stay in-house when developing products and has difficulty embracing any third-party contributions, a wishful-thinking Barrett seemed to think that the company might one day adapt Touch ID to FIDO. Hey - can't fault a guy for hoping, right?

Writing by Elyse Betters.
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