To compete with standalone services like 1Password and Bitwarden, Google has updated the built-in password manager for Chrome and Android. The company revealed Thursday, June 30. Google’s new feature will allow users to manually enter their passwords to the Google Password Manager directly across platforms, like Chrome and Android.
Google says this is aimed at making the process of password management more simplified. The desktop version of Chrome had already shown evidence of this capability, but Google now claims it will be made available across “all platforms.”
In addition, the search engine giant says it is planning to integrate the password manager’s interface between Chrome and Android with “a streamlined and unified management experience,” which it claims includes a function that would automatically aggregate numerous passwords used on the same website.
To make signing in even quicker, Google says the new “Touch-to-Login” feature for Android lets users enter their credentials via an overlay at the bottom of the screen.
On Android, Google’s password manager already has a feature that can check for weak passwords and ones that have already been used, and on iOS, it can autofill passwords saved in apps other than Chrome. To enable cutting-edge technologies like passwordless passkeys, Google says it will continue to invest in its password manager (which Apple also intends to bring to Safari).
Google appears reluctant to turn its password manager into a standalone app while providing a feature set that is increasingly comparable to that of standalone third-party password managers. It is now possible to place a shortcut to Google’s password manager directly on your Android home screen, according to 9to5Google, which is a significant improvement over having to search through your Android settings to access it.