Android 5.0 aka Lollipop aka Android L is the new kid on the block, and it once more showcases Google’s ability to change the game. With the new Material Design UI, you will find that Android 5.0 is unlike any other Android version released so far. The new Nexus 9 tablet and upcoming Nexus 6 smartphone now come pre-installed with Lollipop and it is only a matter of weeks before we start seeing other devices running this version as well.
Along with all the other changes to UI, design, and functionality, an integral part of Android 5.0 is Google’s enhanced focus on security. There are several new features that Google has introduced this time around, and this focus shows us that Google too acknowledges the very real matter of security and privacy on Android smartphones around the world. Here are some of the notable Android Lollipop security features that Google now offers.
Earlier the encryption functionality could only be operated when needed. Not surprisingly, not many people knew about this feature or used it. But now Google has rectified that. All devices that run Android 5.0 will have the encryption turned on by default. This is a notable step that will help protect the data on devices in case of loss or theft. Default encryption blocks all the data on a smartphone if a remote attacker tries to steal it.
This feature has been created to secure Android devices by pairing them with other trusted devices such as other smartphones or wearables or even your car. Google hopes that this feature will replace the recommended, but not widely used, password or pattern lock on smartphones. Via this feature, the phone unlocks when it is in range of another Bluetooth or NFC enabled and paired device. This is especially useful for adopters of Android Wear and smartwatches. By pairing your Android with your watch, you can unlock it every time you take it out of your pocket and bring it closer to your watch. Of course, this is just one instance of using this, and there are many other ways in which this can be used as well.
This is a feature that has been present on recent Android tablets, but has now become the norm for all Android 5.0 devices. Earlier, multiple user accounts could be operated on Android tablets. Now, Guest Mode allows someone to lend out their Android phone or tablet to someone and create a brand new guest account for them. For the guest, this creates an experience that looks like it is starting from a hard factory reset. Once a guest is done, all that information can be wiped easily.
With this feature, you can give someone access to your phone and only allow them to use the app you want them to use, by pinning that app to the screen. This can be a hugely popular feature for parents who can hand their phone to their kid and only grant them access to an app or a game that they want them to play and nothing else on the device.
Security Enhanced Linux is valid for all applications on a device and it provides enhanced protection against smartphone vulnerabilities and malware. This feature was initially developed by the NSA in 2000 so it is highly advanced and reliable when it comes to blocking external threats. Essentially, what this feature does is enforce a level of security and app isolation that nobody can bypass. This makes Android smartphones more resistant to malware and other dangers.
While these Android 5.0 security features from Google are commendable, they do not rectify all the prevalent security issues on the platform. We still highly recommend installing a premium Android security application, and you need not look further than Quick Heal Mobile Security. This product provides wholesome Android security and highly effective features that safeguard smartphones and tablets.