Like any other mobile platform, Android has historically struggled to catch up with iOS features, famous for its security. There may still be a long way to go, but the new look at Android 11 for developers shows that Google is making progress with its latest privacy-focused features.
Although you may want to avoid some of the typical implementation failures and wait for Android 11 to make its debut after work with the beta version (which usually happens in the third quarter of the year), here are some of the new features of security they have happy Google fans.
It’s the little things
“Granular control” is a phrase known to those who are interested in security issues and, in addition, it is a prominent feature in the permission scheme of Android 11 applications. Leaving aside the types of “all or nothing” permissions, Google has focused on further individualizing the permissions granted to each application.
Android 11 allows you to give an application permission to do something only once (instead of the current Android 10 options: always, never and only when the application is in use). By granting permission to an application to access your location, camera or microphone for a single session of using the application, you can verify what type of data your applications collect and how often.
The new permission option goes hand in hand with an interesting development in the storage seen from Android 11 – a data privacy feature that limits the ability of any individual application to view your phone’s data outside its own parameters. Although some developers have complained that the feature makes applications less capable of interacting with each other, the storage has seen aims to create a kind of digital box for each application so that it does not interact with the data of its other applications. the same way they did it.
Not everyone likes to deliver their facial or fingerprint recognition data to Google, even when it is in exchange for certain device-specific privacy. However, for some, this biometric security is a feature that offers unbeatable tranquility.
Android 11 is expanding its options for when you can use your face unlock or fingerprint to authenticate your applications and services. While we expect these options to focus on applications that need additional security – such as banking or health care services – we are still waiting for more details as the developer preview and beta version stages give way to the official release of Android 11.
What is in your wallet?
Why carry your driver’s license if you can go through life without cash and with a secure document safe always on your phone? That is the latest release of Android 11 for those seeking privacy on the move. Based on applications without a wallet, such as Google Pay, the operating system now offers new support for secure storage of identity documents, such as a driver’s license.
We still do not have all the details about the use of technology by Android 11, but since last December fans have been anticipating the latest Google identity accreditation feature, which is scheduled to work with certain phones running Android R and Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.
The challenge that remains
Even with these security improvements, Android has a long way to go to reach the gold standard set by Apple’s iOS. To a large extent, that has to do with getting the most important security feature of any mobile operating system in the hands of its customer base: operating system updates. Ensuring that you are running the latest version of any operating system is key to maintaining a good level of security since that essentially makes your phone immune against entire families of malware and security threats.
The last time Google updated its distribution figures in May 2019, Android 9 had been installed on 10.4 percent of Android phones. The three versions previously deployed managed to be placed in 64.4 percent of Android phones. In contrast, 70 percent of Apple phones run the latest version of their operating system, iOS 13.
That is a more important reason to wait for the fall when the official version of Android 11 will begin to be deployed for installation on phones.