1Password improvements incoming as free trial is extended


1Password will remain free on Android until Tuesday, August 19, maker AgileBits has confirmed — and a new update will make the popular password manager even easier to setup for new users. Version 4.1 will allow the creation of password “vaults” directly on Android devices, so you’ll no longer need to sync with an existing vault to get started.

1Password made its long-awaited debut on Android back in June, but those who haven’t already used the service before have to jump through some hoops (not literally) to get it set up. The app doesn’t currently allow new users to set up a new password vault, so you have to create one elsewhere and then sync with it to get started.

If you don’t own an iOS device, that means you have to purchase 1Password for Mac or PC at $49.99 just to be able to use it on Android. As you might expect, this was a major turn off for a lot of potential new users — but it’s going to change in 1Password version 4.1.

The update will allow new users to create new vaults directly from their Android device, so syncing with existing vaults just to get started is no longer required. The release will also add support for German, Spanish, Portuguese, and other languages; and deliver some fixes and improvements “that lay the groundwork for goodies that are on their way.”

To give more users the opportunity to try version 4.1, AgileBits is extending its free trial through Monday, August 18. On Tuesday, August 19, 1Password will become a freemium app, and you’ll be able to use it as a password reader and pay absolutely nothing.

If you want to be able to add, edit, and organize passwords on Android, however, you’ll need to upgrade with a one-time in-app purchase that will be priced at $9.99. If you buy within the first two weeks, you’ll get it for just $7.99.

If you haven’t already downloaded 1Password for Android, you can find it via the Google Play link below. Expect to see the 4.1 release shortly.