For its third version, the 11-week Android series is diving into “privacy and security” which is the third big tent of upcoming operating systems, along with people and controls. Most of the main features have been announced, but this week offers a deeper dive with some highlights.
One of the more significant privacy changes in Android 11 is further limiting the location of backgrounds. The deals OS already reminds users of access to such applications, and Google has discovered that this could result in people losing or denying location permissions over 5% of time.
The company believes that most developers can “provide the same user experience by accessing the location only when the application is visible to the user.” As a result, Google is reviewing all Android applications requesting location access. Applied to the Play Store-level, there are very few exceptions although Google is now offering existing applications until 2021 to comply with the use of unreasonable background positions instead of 221.
Application – Location Sharing, Emergency / Security – which requires background permissions Users need to manage the entire settings in the application. An application must first ask for the location of the front end and then prompt the user to open the system preferences direct. This makes the whole process a “more deliberate action.”
Building Google notes that last year when Android 10 launched that granular permission option, users opted in halfway, adding the ability to limit the app’s “time to use” by adding one-time permissions to the Android 11 microphone, camera and location. Meanwhile, no work is required on the part of the developers of the new option.
Applications targeted to Android 11 that have not been opened by a user “to extend time” will automatically reset their permissions. You’ll be notified when this happens and there’s a new “Unspoken Apps” page in Settings for quick and deletion.
If you have an application that has a legitimate use case where a legitimate user does not interact with your application and even retains permissions, you can request that users turn off this feature for your app in Settings.
Google is also helping developers monitor applications to restrict access to sensitive data. The new APIs “detect any code that is accessing even third party SDKs with gated permissions” “
Developers were able to opt out of a controversial change introduced in Android 10 to limit broad access to files on a device, but now Google has made it mandatory for Android 11-targeted applications to make another change to manage all files in shared storage. Create special permissions for such file managers and backup apps. Google Play will review all of these requests manually.
Other changes include more project mainline modules, with Google highlighting how these PlayStation updates earlier this year helped “quickly fix a complex vulnerability within the media decoding subsystem”. It also continues to work as an identity certificate API that allows driver licenses and other IDs to be stored digitally. Google says it is working with various government agencies and industry partners to ensure that Android 11 is ready for such a digital-first identity experience.
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