Chrome for Android now lets you use a non-Google password manager

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Andy Walker / Android Authority

TL;DR

  • Chrome for Android now offers the ability to use third-party password managers and autofill solutions.
  • The app has long restricted you to using Google’s password manager and Chrome Autofill.
  • This new feature requires you to enable a flag and isn’t 100% reliable just yet.

Android has pretty robust support for password managers and autofill providers, but this doesn’t extend to Chrome for Android. Instead, Chrome users have to rely on Google’s password manager and Chrome’s autofill for entering and saving credentials.

That looks to be changing as X user Leopeva64 has discovered that Chrome for Android now lets you use other password managers and autofill providers.

The functionality isn’t available out of the box, but Android Police reports that you’ll need to enable a specific Chrome flag (chrome://flags/#enable-autofill-virtual-view-structure).

Once you’ve enabled the feature, you’ll find it under “Autofill Options” in the settings menu. Tap this feature, and you’ll be presented with two options, namely “Default” (Google Password Manager and Chrome Autofill) or “Use other providers.” To use other password managers or autofill providers, you’ll need to enable them in your Android phone’s settings menu.

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Unfortunately, it seems like this feature still needs some time in the oven. I found that third-party password managers don’t immediately suggest saved usernames at first, although they indeed suggest passwords just fine. We can also corroborate the outlet’s claim that the alternative password manager doesn’t prompt you to save new credentials after first entering them, but you do have a button to manually enter them for later use.

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Google now lets you dress up your Android mascot with a new customizer

What you need to know

  • Google introduces a new tool to customize your Android robot, offering a fresh twist on the classic Androidify experience, allowing you to make it uniquely yours.
  • Located on the Android homepage, the tool provides a wide array of options for clothing, materials, accessories, and props.
  • After customization, you can generate a QR code or download your creation as an avatar.

Google brings back the Androidify fun with a fresh twist—a fun new tool to customize your own Android robot with tons of options to make it totally you and use it to chat, post on social media, and more.

Last year, Google brought back the classic Bugdroid character in a 3D makeover, ditching the 2D head-only logo. Now Android users can deck it out with clothes, pick materials, add accessories, and throw in some props (via 9to5Google).

The “Customize your own Android Bot” tool is found right on the Android homepage, offering a ton of choices. You’ve got 25 materials to play with, from a soccer ball to camouflage and leopard skin. And when it comes to dressing up your Android mascot, choose from 20 outfits, including a space suit.

You’ve got 20 accessories too, including headphones, eyeglasses, scuba masks, and even bunny ears. Plus, pimp out your Android bot with one of 20 props, like an Xbox controller or a digital camera.

When you’re done, click the check button in the props tab and snag a QR code for your bot or download it as your avatar. You can keep going back for round two whenever you feel like building more avatars.

That said, some users noticed the lack of a rainbow color option despite the

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Google Wallet finally lets users share boarding and event passes

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Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

TL;DR

  • Google teased months ago that it would add the ability to share certain passes with other users in Google Wallet.
  • That feature is now starting to roll out.
  • The sharing feature is available for boarding and event passes.

About three months ago, Google mentioned that users would be able to share “valuables” in Google Wallet. It was then discovered on the app’s support page that valuables referred to passes. Now the feature is starting to roll out in the app.

As discovered by 9to5Google, Google Wallet is starting to let users share boarding passes through links. The feature is also said to be appearing for event passes as well.

If the feature is available, you should see the share icon to the left of the overflow menu. When you tap the icon, you’ll then be greeted by a notification stating, “You can’t undo sharing of this pass. Once you share this pass, the recipient can forward it to anyone.” This dialog can be turned off by hitting “Don’t show again.”

Continuing on, sharing will bring up a system share sheet and generate a link for you to share. The person who receives the link can tap on the URL, which will then open up the Wallet app, where the pass can be saved.

In an interview with The Verge back in July, Google spokesperson Leismer Schulten confirmed that sharing would come to the Wallet app. At the time, Schulten provided boarding and event passes as examples, a remark that leaves the door open for the possibility of the feature being used for other things down the line. He also stated that it will be up to the companies that issue these passes through Google Wallet to enable sharing.

As the support page makes

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One UI 6 lets you choose which apps to update when installing new Android versions

Summary

  • In the latest One UI 6 beta update, Samsung now allows users to choose which system apps they want to update alongside the Android OS.
  • This new feature gives Android users more control over their smartphones, allowing them to customize their device to their preferences even further.
  • While opting out of app updates may speed up the OS update process, it’s important to note that apps can still update on their own depending on your settings in the Galaxy Store or Google Play Store.


Android smartphones are renowned for the level of control people have over the OS. Whether that’s from gaining root access and really changing the look and functionality of your phone, or simply getting to place apps in specific places on the home screen grid, the possibilities are basically endless. Samsung added a very small touch to its latest One UI 6 beta update adhering to user control, as people can now choose whether to update specific apps alongside Android updates.

Previously, Samsung simply updated system apps — the preinstalled ones that weren’t downloaded from Google Play or sideloaded — in bulk only alongside software updates, and there was nothing you could do about it. Now, users can pick and choose which system apps get updated when installing a new Android version.

Tucked away in a small section of the Software update screen when installing One UI beta 3 is a box that reads, “Some apps can be updated along with this software update.” Underneath is an option that lets you Choose apps to update. Tap that, and you’re directed towards a new settings screen with a list of all Samsung system apps. Here, you can select which ones you want to update along with the system update. Any not chosen will need to be

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This app lets you use one of the best iOS 17 features on Android

What you need to know

  • iOS 17 introduces StandBy Mode for iPhone models, providing a smart display-like experience when charging. 
  • While some Android phones offer a similar interface, it’s not as feature-rich as what iOS 17 brings.
  • StandBy Mode Pro emulates this iOS 17 feature but includes a lot more customization than even what Apple will offer.

When Apple introduced iOS 17, there really weren’t a lot of “game-changing” features unless you’ve never used an Android phone before. But in my time testing out the iOS 17 beta on my iPhone 14 Pro Max, I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy the “new” StandBy Mode. 

Basically, this turns your iPhone into a smart display of sorts, complete with a digital clock and various widgets to show things like your calendar, upcoming tasks, or the weather. This is nothing new in the Android space, as Samsung phones offer something similar thanks to the always-on display, but it doesn’t really “hit the spot.”

As you might suspect, a bunch of apps hit the Play Store shortly after iOS 17 was unveiled, which aimed to bring StandBy Mode to all Android phones. But there’s one app that I’ve been relying on for a while now, and it’s slowly turning into one of my favorite apps of the year.

Aptly named StandBy Mode Pro, the app “turns your phone or tablet into a Smart Display while it charges.” But instead of just imitating the different clocks and widgets that you’ll find on the iPhone running iOS 17, there are quite a few more options to choose from. You can opt for the “Duo” mode, which splits your screen in half and places scrollable widgets on either side. 

Taking things even further, StandBy Mode Pro borrows the “night mode” from iOS 17, putting a red tint on

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Samsung Good Lock module One Hand Operation + lets you launch your favorite apps faster than ever

Good Lock has become such a staple of the Samsung experience that, for many of us, it’s something we couldn’t do without. One of my favorite modules has always been One Hand Operation +. Weird name aside, the level of customization it gives you over gesture navigation has ruined other phones for me. Whenever I use a device without it, I miss it instantly. Now the module is getting even better, with a new gesture action that helps you open your favorite apps faster than ever.


As spotted by Twitter user TechByBD, the latest update to the module adds a quick launcher feature. As you can see in the GIF above, when you first enable the quick launcher, it’s filled with a random assortment of apps. Thankfully, that can easily be changed, so let’s look at how to enable it, customize it, and whether it’s worth using.


How to use quick launcher

  1. Open One Hand Operation +.
  2. Tap on either right handle or left handle based on which you want to use.
  3. Tap on one of the six gestures, depending on which you’d like to trigger quick launcher.
  4. Scroll down and tap on quick launcher.

With that done, quick launcher is now assigned to the gesture of your choice. Like the GIF at the beginning, in this state, it’ll just be filled with a handful of your apps — so from here, you’ll want to make it your own.

  1. Use your assigned gesture and wait for the settings cog to appear next to the launcher before tapping it.
  2. Tap on the minus symbol next to each icon to remove anything you don’t want.
  3. To add an app or shortcut, tap on the 3×3 grid in the bottom right.
  4. Tap on any app or system shortcut you want
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