In the first quarter of 2019, Google has released the first beta version of the Android Q which is the upcoming version following Android Pie. It is believed that the Android Q will be coming with a lot of latest privacy improvements and various other security enhancements. The Q in the Android Q has not yet been decided as to what it would be named, but it would offer more control over the installed apps, their permissions, access and location settings along with the additional support for passive authentication such as the face ID and warnings when one installs a new app that targets Android Marshmallow or older versions. Google has made it easier for the readers to understand what exactly Android Q will be providing through the following points.
- Accessing Device Location: Android Q gives the users complete control as to how and which app can use the users’ device location information. With Android Q, the users will be able to choose from the options like “all the time”, “while in use” and “deny”.
- Restrictions on the Access of the Apps to the Device Identifiers: Some of the restrictions that the Android Q has come up with are contact affinity, making the MAC Address Randomization a default feature, access to the non-resettable device identifiers, restricting access to the clipboard data, removing access to device’s network state and access to USB serial.
- Permission to the Background Apps: With Android Q, the background apps cannot start a new activity without the interaction with the users.
- Change of Location and Network Settings: Android Q makes it mandatory for the apps to not have the access to change location and the network settings.
- Scoped Storage: Android Q comes with an isolated storage sandbox for each and every app into an external storage device so that the other apps would not be able to directly access the data saved by the other apps on the users’ device.