Android 11 to Integrate Password Autofill with Keyboards

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INTRO: The password auto-fill experience is close to getting tons better on Android. Starting with Android 11, virtual keyboards and other input-method editors (IMEs) are going to be ready to display autofill suggestions inline as a suggestion strip.

This way, you’ll not need to await the present dropdown menu implementation to seem, which doesn’t really provide a seamless experience and should look out of place in some cases.

As you would possibly probably remember, autofill suggestions usually contain private data and sensitive information like MasterCard details. Keeping privacy in mind, Android hides the suggestions from the keyboard until the user taps thereon.

According to Android 11 Beta’s official documentation, developers of both IMEs and password managers must update their apps to support this feature. The older implementation (Android 10 and below) will kick in if an IME or password manager doesn’t support inline autofill.

As Android Police points out, the interface of this new keyboard-integrated password autofill mechanism could look almost like what Google Chrome recently added. However, we’ll need to wait to understand if it might exist as a separate component (as seen below) or would show up in text predictions.

chrome autofill strip

We could expect popular keyboard apps and password managers to include the changes right in time for Android 11’s launch, which is predicted to happen on the 8th of September. You can learn more about the workflow of inline autofill in Google’s official documentation here. The page also has instructions to assist developers to configure inline autofill for his or her apps.

 

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