LastPass & Android Accessibility Services

By November 14, 2017 Product Updates No Comments

Update: 11.16.17
“We are actively working with 1Password, Dashlane, Keeper, and LastPass to help them with their implementations towards becoming certified on Android. We will be certifying password managers and adding them to a curated section in the Play Store, which the “Add service” button in settings will link to.”  – Google Android Developer blog
https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/11/getting-your-android-app-ready-for.html  

 

Yesterday, reports circulated of Google introducing a new policy restricting the use of Android Accessibility Services, a feature that app developers leverage to make their apps easier to use for those with disabilities. This change could possibly impact apps that use Accessibility Services to allow users to autofill passwords, copy content to clipboards and automate tasks, and prohibit them from doing so.

LastPass is working with Google and to confirm, there is no immediate impact to our Android users.

Our development team works very closely with Google to deliver an intuitive password experience for Android users. Google has assured app development partners, including LastPass, that they’re focused on a long-term solution that meets user needs and their accessibility requirements.

Google has provided a better way to store and autofill passwords on Android with their recently released Android O, which LastPass supports. Users running Android O and LastPass (currently in beta) expands our ability to help users fill not just passwords, but other important information like credit cards and addresses, saving them both time and effort.

As always, LastPass aims to provide effortless security to simplify our lives online. We will be sure to keep our LastPass community informed of any updates to the existing LastPass experience on Android.