Android family, today’s all about you! 1Password 6 for Android is here, and it’s available for immediate (and FREE) download from Google Play. Wait, come back! I have more to tell you. I’m so excited about the features in version 6, you’ve got to let me talk about some of them. =)
An application’s interface—the way you interact with it—is one of the most important things. In 1Password 6, we’ve given our app a face lift. But Material Design means so much more than that. Material Design is the name of what Google describes as a “visual language” for application designers and developers. It’s not just about fonts and colours, it’s about various visual elements that help provide a more consistent experience for you.
You’ll find cleaner and more spacious layouts, a navigation drawer, toolbars, and umpteen other things, all focused on a simpler, clearer, more convenient user experience.
If your phone or tablet has access to the Google Play Store and is running Android OS 4.1 or newer, you’ve got everything you need to install 1Password 6.
1Password 6 can be unlocked with your fingerprint, using the sensor on your phone! One of my friends recently got a Google Nexus 5X, which has a neat little circle on the back of the phone that reads her fingerprint. It’s so subtle, because it looks like she’s just picking up her phone in a natural way. It’s really cool to see how this natural motion quickly and securely unlocks 1Password.
Fingerprint Unlock works on devices that support this new Google technology and are running Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow.
1Password for Teams
Whether you are a team of 1 or 100, a family of 2 or 12, if you have information that you want to selectively share with others, 1Password for Teams is the safest and simplest way to do it.
If you’ve already set up your team, you’ll be happy to hear that 1Password 6 enables you to easily add your 1Password for Teams account using the built-in QR code reader. 1Password for Teams support is in beta, but we didn’t want to keep you waiting for this oft-requested feature!
If you’re new to 1Password for Teams, please join the public beta and create your team at teams.1password.com. You’ll need a phone or tablet running Android OS 5.0 or newer to access your Teams account in 1Password 6.
You mentioned that it’s time?
I did, didn’t I? Thanks for reminding me. =) It’s time for a bit of chest pounding. Time to dig deep and step up our game. It’s time for 1Password to exceed your expectations. We propose to do that with frequent-er updates and finely applied layers of polish on features that you already use and love.
Now that the new features have had their time in the spotlight, let’s talk about some significant fixes and improvements that are in version 6.0:
- Fingerprint Unlock isn’t just for the main app—it also works on 1Password Keyboard!
- Wi-Fi Sync is greatly improved, from the internal (database optimization) to the external (the notifications 1Password shows you).
- There’s a toolbar everywhere now. Consistency means not having bits ‘n’ bobs poof in and out of view.
- Icons for categories and settings have been refreshed.
- There’s a floating button. I mean, it has a purpose: you can use it to add new items. But I think the more important thing here is that it’s a button that floats, like a magical blue orb.
For the full details on what’s new and wonderful in 1Password 6, be sure to check out the complete release notes.
Wait, version 6?
We’ve been focusing a lot on your 1Password experience. We want it to be delightful. Wherever possible, we want to simplify and clarify. So let’s talk for just a moment about the version number.
If you’ve been with us a while, you’ll note that we’ve skipped ahead a little bit. One small way of simplifying things is to use the same version number everywhere. Therefore, 1Password for Android is now version 6, aligning it with Mac and iOS (c’mon, Windows, we’re all cheering for you!).
1Password 6 for Android is a free download for everyone. It offers a one-time, in-app purchase to unlock its Premium features. If you’ve previously unlocked the Premium features, the version 6 upgrade is absolutely free. Thank you for your support!
We’d love to hear what you think about the new version, and invite you to join us in our discussion forums or leave a comment below. We’re also on Twitter and Facebook, if you prefer to chat with us there.
Oh, one more thing. If you’re the adventurous sort and want to jump on the beta train, we’d love to welcome you to our beta family! Simply sign up for the 1Password beta for Android newsletter to get started.
Thanks for choosing 1Password!