Google released a new Beta version of Android Q that brings a number of additional privacy and security features for Android users.
Since Android reached a billion users, Google has a great responsibility to ensure the user’s privacy and security from the sophisticated cyber threats that evolving day by day.
Apart from this existing privacy and security implementation, Android Q now getting additional features to protect users, like file-based encryption, OS controls requiring apps to request permission before accessing sensitive resources, locking down camera/mic background access, lockdown mode, encrypted backups.
Especially Google play protect that scans over 50 billion apps daily to identify the malicious and harmful apps and also Google brings more enhancements in this Android Q.
Improved privacy protections in Android Q
New control over apps brings let user obtain the more controls access to shared Files, especially Users will be able to control apps’ access to the Photos and Videos or the Audio collections via new runtime permissions.
Also, Google restricts access to non-resettable device identifiers, including device IMEI, serial number, and similar identifiers.
Google said. “We’re also randomizing the device’s MAC address when connected to different Wi-Fi networks by default — a setting that was optional in Android 9 Pie.”
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Connectivity permissions, privacy, and security
In Android Q, Google Adds new connectivity API expands to other apps such as Bluetooth, Cellular and Wi-Fi, to increase the protection around those APIs by requiring the FINE location permission instead of already require COARSE location permission for for scanning networks.
“In addition to the randomized MAC addresses that Android Q provides when connected to different Wi-Fi networks, we’re adding new Wi-Fi standard support, WPA3 and Enhanced Open, to improve security for home and work networks as well as open/public networks.,” Google Said.
In order to enhance the better security Android Q supports TLS 1.3 in which, a secure connection can be established as much as 40% faster with TLS 1.3 compared to TLS 1.2. TLS 1.3 is enabled by default for all TLS connections.
You can enroll here to get Android Q Beta updates over-the-air, on any Pixel device. If you don’t have a Pixel device, you can use the Android Emulator, and download the latest emulator system images via the SDK Manager in Android Studio.