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1Password 4.2 for Android: It’s Out of this World

It’s not often in the life of an application that one gets the opportunity to draw inspiration from one of the greatest and most hilarious sci-fi stories of all time. Today, we are incredibly honoured and excited to present 1Password 4.2 for Android. With a custom keyboard; automatic filling in web browsers and third-party apps; and built-in support for viewing time-based, one-time passwords (TOTPs); our newest version of 1Password for Android promises to be approximately 420% more useful than a towel.

1Password. Everywhere.

We’re super jazzed about our new 1Password keyboard. Use it to automatically or manually fill logins in other applications and web browsers on your Android phone or tablet.

No more copying and pasting, no more typos. Enable the keyboard, enable the Automatic Filling service, and you’re done. The 1Password icon on the keyboard turns blue to let you know that automatic filling is available.

1Password stays out of your way and makes it easy to stay focused on the task at hand. There’s no need to choose keyboards; the 1Password keyboard can be used all the time. If you already have a favourite, it’s easy to switch back with a long press on the space bar.

Time-based, one-time passwords (TOTPs)

TOTPs are passwords that are only good for one use, within a certain amount of time. If one of your online accounts uses something called two-step verification for increased security, you already know how these passwords work.

When you enable this feature on an account that offers it, you get a “secret” or a QR code. In 1Password for Mac  Windows, or iOS, you can enter this code in a custom, “One-Time Password” field. 1Password for Android will generate and display one-time passwords that were created on your other 1Password devices. This TOTP is used in addition to your existing username and password to access your account.

1Password 4.2 displays this one-time password in the Login item’s details, so it’s always at your fingertips.

Stellar guidance for interstellar travellers

Among the many improvements we’ve made in 4.2 is an improved help system. We’ve updated links to our online user guide and knowledgebase, and made 1Password smarter. While we remain ever hopeful that you never need it, we’d still like to pave your path to resolution with the smoothest of stones.

Better than a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster?

This update was made possible by your support and feedback. While it may not be the answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything, we hope that it helps you get at least 10% of the way there. We’d love to hear what you think of our efforts  and any suggestions you have for improvements. The more intrepid galactic adventurers among you are warmly invited—nay, encouraged!—to join our beta team and really get in on the fun.

Oh! Speaking of teams, would you like to hear how ours got started? It’s really a rather fantastic tale, and immensely relevant to this post’s theme. Watch Zaphod’s—er, I mean, our co-founder Roustem’s NSNorth talk and get to know us a little better, won’t you?

Thank you for choosing 1Password. Have a wonderful day. =)

10 replies
  1. Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
    Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore says:

    Did you add the possibility of filling in TOTP using the keyboard? This was missing in the betas, and it’s a bit annoying (and sometimes impossible) to switch to the app itself to copy the code.

    • nik
      nik says:

      Hello, Professor Dumbledore! Thank you for asking. It is not yet possible to use the keyboard to fill a TOTP, but it’s definitely on our developers’ radar.

    • nik
      nik says:

      Hello! Thanks very much for your feedback. We would like to add more languages and layouts in the future. For now, you can switch between keyboards by long pressing the space bar on the 1Password keyboard.

    • nik
      nik says:

      Hi, Marco! If you mean the creation of TOTP custom fields, I understand where you’re coming from. This is definitely something that we want to implement, but we also wanted to get 4.2 out there. We thought we would start with the viewer, and include the ability to add the TOTP custom field in a future update.

  2. Alexander
    Alexander says:

    Can the keyboard button also be added to other keyboards? While I like the idea of having an easier way to enter credentials, I do not like to use a specific keyboard for it. Integration would be really welcome, now I probably will not use it.

    • nik
      nik says:

      Hi, Alexander! Thank you for asking. At this time, it isn’t possible for us to add our 1Password button to other keyboards. But if, say, Google were to add a way in the future that allowed us to provide add-ons to other keyboards, then certainly it’s something we would consider.

    • Andrew Costen
      Andrew Costen says:

      We’d like to think that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is enjoyed by every generation, but maybe it’s not for everyone. Still, we hope you enjoy the update if you’re using 1Password for Android.

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