Google Highlights Android 5.0’s Security

Posted by at 11:39 am on October 28, 2014

Android-Logo-Google today offered some insight into the steps it has taken to protect users through changes made to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

For starters, Lollipop uses encryption by default. All the key communications tools (calls, messages) are encrypted and can’t be accessed by others. Second, Google has improved the lock screen in order to encourage more people to use it.

In addition to PIN codes and passwords, users can make use of trusted Bluetooth or NFC devices to unlock their device, or even smile at the user-facing camera.

Last, Android 5.0 Lollipop works harder to sandbox apps from one another. With Android 5.0, Security Enhanced Linux Enforcing mode is required for all applications on all devices.

This means apps can’t share information with other apps without the user’s permission. Android 5.0 will first ship on the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet. It will reach older Nexus devices in November.

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