Here is what every Android user must know about the latest Android 11 security features and improvements
- 1 Here is what every Android user must know about the latest Android 11 security features and improvements
- 2 Additional security changes in Android 11
Google has started the testing program of the new Android version 11. Android 11 comes with multiple features that would get you excited about it. The company has launched a developer preview of Android 11 for only Pixel Smartphones and will roll out the Android 11 update for Samsung and Oppo devices in Q1 of 2021. Here is how you can get Android 11 for Pixel Smartphones.
Google surprisingly released the beta program publically without any rescheduled notice or an official statement on June 9. Well, the company said that Android 11 beta program is not available for smartphones other than Google pixel, but they will release the beta program for other Google-powered Android 10 smartphones soon. However, the update has started to roll out in the latest Google-powered smartphones and some previously launched.
So now let’s take a look at the security features and improvements the company has provided for its users in the latest Android 11 Version.
Privacy: In Android 11 is giving users, even more, control over sensitive permissions and working to keep devices more secure through faster updates.
Limited Access to Your Permissions
Android 11 will come with a few changes to how apps can request permissions. First, the permission prompt has a new option, “Only this time,” which limits access until you close the app. Afterward, it needs to request access again.
Limited Background Location Access
Your location data is also better protected in Android 11. Apps will no longer be able to directly ask you to access your location in the background. Instead, they must specify why they need it, then direct you to a page in Settings where you can manually enable access.
Apps can only ask you one more time for the same permission once you deny it. After a second denial, Android will interpret this as “don’t ask again” and ignore any further requests.
Improved Spam Protection
Caller ID and spam protection features are getting better in Android 11. Call screening apps can now access the verification status from SHAKEN/STIR (a new system used by carriers in the US) to improve its ability to identify callers. There’s no word yet on whether Samsung will take advantage of this with its Phone app, but it’s a good possibility.
Use Weak Biometrics to Unlock Apps
The Galaxy S20 lets you unlock your phone using both the secure in-display fingerprint scanner and the insecure camera-based facial recognition. However, when apps implement biometrics support, the only biometrics they can access is the fingerprint scanner
In Android 11, Google has created a tier system, diving biometrics into three categories — strong, weak, and device credential. Apps can decide which strength of authentication they need, allowing less sensitive apps to use the Galaxy S20’s Face Unlock to limit entrance.
Additional security changes in Android 11
- Improvements to the BiometricPrompt API
- Mobile Driver’s License support
- Secure Storage to make it easier for apps to share data blobs
- Expanded use of sanitizers to several security-centric components
- Improved Call Screening
- Introduction of the GnssAntennaInfo class for improved GPS privacy
- Secure audio capture from a USB device
Keep in mind that the Android 11 update will come with a few bugs and glitches as it is still in the development. To stay updated on Tech and cybersecurity news stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.