It’s no secret Google wants to get rid of passwords altogether, but in the meantime the company wants to make managing our dozens or hundreds of accounts a little easier. To that end it has teamed up with password manager startup Dashlane to launch the OpenYOLO API -- don’t worry, in this case YOLO stands for “you only login once”.
As the name implies this new API will be open source so new and existing password managers can implement it into their own apps.
It’s unclear exactly how the process would work but it sounds like it would be an improvement over the current method most password managers on Android work -- requiring you to switch keyboards to launch the app and the autofilling the login fields.
The main idea is to allow any app built using the OpenYOLO API to access passwords stored in password managers that support the standard. Presumably once you sign in to whatever compatible password manager is on your device, you’ll be automatically signed in to the apps on your device without having to input your password multiple times.
Given the open source nature of the project OpenYOLO won’t be limited to Dashlane or eventually even Android for that matter. Dashlane says rival password managers including 1Password, LastPass, and Keeper all have expressed interest in joining the initiative. The company also hopes to make the API available on other platforms over time.