LastPass Now Supports Android 8.0 Oreo's Password Autofill

LastPass Password Manager received support for Android 8.0 Oreo's autofill functionality as part of a new update which started rolling out on the Google Play Store several days back. While the app's official changelog still claims the feature isn't available on the stable channel, one Reddit user found that not be true, with many subsequent reports confirming the thoroughly tested service is now being distributed to all compatible handsets running the latest major iteration of Google's mobile operating system. LastPass has been experimenting with Android 8.0 Oreo's autofill support for almost half a year now, having originally added it to its beta channel over the summer.

The first stable build of the Android password manager supports both the new autofill API introduced with Oreo and the Legacy functionality powered by the system's Accessibility services. In practice, LastPass users will see their mobile apps call on both functions, depending on whether they were already reworked to support the more robust autofill service. Google's own Chrome still doesn't support Oreo's autofill API and it's presently unclear when the company is planning to implement the feature into its popular browser. The first stable variant of the app that's compatible with the feature is identified by the version number 4.4.1749 and still isn't available on a global level. The service also isn't enabled by default and must be manually activated in the Settings menu of LastPass. Refer to the Google Play Store banner below to check whether the latest build of the app is already available for download in your country. No other major changes to LastPass have been observed following the update.

Support for Google's new Autofill API is only available to a small number of LastPass users, as indicated by the latest Android distribution numbers published earlier this month. According to Google itself, Oreo is presently being utilized by just over one-percent of all active Android devices in the world. Despite debuting in late August, the OS took nearly half a year to make its way to every hundredth smartphone and tablet and isn't expected to pick up any pace until this spring when its adoption rates are likely to surge as more offerings running it out of the box hit the market and make their way to consumers.

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