With the announcement on June 10, 2020 of the first Android 11 Beta, it’s safe to presume that the deployment of the new version of Android OS will start in few months. (Google is estimating September.) Let’s take a look at the updates to see the improvements we can expect in terms of security and privacy.
Autofill in keyboards
As a Dashlane user, you know that our Android app takes full advantage of Android’s Autofill API. As one of our key core features, Autofill lets you fill web-views, forms, and native apps with your credentials (including address, credit cards, and more).
We are excited to see that Android’s Autofill API is getting some major improvements: Starting with Android 11, Dashlane will be able to provide suggestions directly in your favorite keyboard—a great alternative to the dropdown that currently appears under fields. (More places for Dashlane to take care of things for you is always better!)
As detailed by Google, it is secure and only provides the UI component that the keyboard needs to display. Your keyboard app will never have access to your data.
If you are already using the beta of Android 11, Dashlane will soon provide an updated version for you to try this new feature. (Details to come!)
Another great improvement to user privacy is that you will now be able to grant a permission for an app only for the current “session.”
It is a one-time permission: As soon as the app is closed, the permission will be revoked so you are completely sure nothing bad happens. This won’t affect Dashlane any more than any other specific app, but we think it’s a smart decision on the part of Google to help users audit application permissions in general.
One more thing is the new permissions auto-reset: even if you have granted some permissions to an app “forever”, if you don’t use the app for a long time, the system will revoke the granted permissions.
Even more security/privacy improvements are coming in Android 11: stronger biometric authentication, more secure protocols for VPNs, and stronger file access security.
We are very happy about these improvements for Dashlane customers.