1Password maker AgileBits is working on adding support for Android O's Autofill Framework to its popular mobile password manager, the company revealed in a blog post published on Friday. The well-known studio is apparently developing a way for 1Password users to quickly log into numerous services by relying on the Autofill application programming interface (API) that's already been integrated into an experimental version of AgileBits' app and can automatically complete online forms and login screens. To illustrate its latest endeavor, the studio shared a short clip depicting its first related accomplishment – a quick way to log into Twitter using Android O's Autofill API. As shown in the Vimeo video available at the source link below, the operating system's Autofill Framework automatically started communicating with 1Password after a user accessed Twitter's login screen. From there, AgileBits' app only needed the user to verify their identity in any way, which was done with a fingerprint in this case. The short authorization process activated the Autofill feature that pulled login info from 1Password and allowed them to automatically log into Twitter.
The process seems to be much simpler and quicker than manually entering one's username or email and a password, and while it's natively supported by the first developer preview of Android O, it also requires developers to integrate the functionality into their apps, which is what AgileBits did here. There's still no word on whether the Autofill feature will be added to 1Password as soon as initial stable builds of Android O start rolling out, but more information on the matter will likely be available in the near future.
Apart from the Autofill Framework, Android O also ships with a number of new features, tweaks, and optimizations that are meant to improve the overall user experience of Google's omnipresent operating system. The first developer preview of Android O restricts background activity of apps and introduces a number of other changes designed to improve battery life, in addition to allowing users take advantage of new notification categories and a picture-in-picture mode inspired by Android TV. The next major iteration of Android will start hitting compatible devices later this year, presumably around the time Google I/O 2017 kicks off.