Google’s I/O 2019 developer conference is coming closer, and leaks regarding Android’s next big update might also be around the corner. Earlier in January, a detailed leak regarding a host of Android Q features like support for system-wide dark mode, better and many accessibility features, and developers tools was seen. The latest Android Q leak clearly indicated that it would bring native support for features such as Face ID-like facial recognition hardware that will provide a much secure face unlock authentication experience. In addition to this, they might as well introduce a system-wide screen recording tool, a new emergency shortcut, an updated notification management mechanism, as well as support for WPA3 security standard.
Previous Android Q leaks reported that the new details have been shown by XDA-Developers which suggested that Android Q will bolster up the security of facial recognition since it would add this native support for Face ID-like hardware. A large majority of Android smartphones completely rely just on the front camera for Face Unlock, whereas Apple’s Face ID system uses a wide variety of sensors which include a dot projector and an infrared module. Android Q’s leaked AOSP build has strings that indicated that it has been actively checking the presence of dedicated facial recognition hardware before it provides access or moves forward with a secure process.
Android Q’s hardware will be backed up by Face ID protocol which will require the users to submit additional methods of authentication and these include security PIN, password or pattern lock as their secondary pathway. But most importantly, Android Q’s facial recognition system will apparently allow users to log in to only certain apps and services, authorizes, apart from just working to unlock their smartphone, which can be considered as a side-effect of a native, Google-defined process. The new findings have also indicated that Google has been testing their new system on a device that has the necessary hardware, but no details regarding the name of the smartphone have been revealed.
A few other features have been spotted by 9to5Google in the Android Q’s System UI APK and through AOSP’s Continuous Integration Dashboard. One of them is a system-wide screen recording feature which would allow users to record their screen content, add their own voiceover when the recording is going on and this could be shared with others as well. Apart from providing support to Face ID-like facial recognition, Android Q might provide support for other security feature which will be in the form of WPA3 support for Wi-Fi. The next major iteration of Android could as well introduce a few changes in their notifications if the strings spotted in the code are to be believed. For instance, Android Q could come with a “Block” and “Show silently” actions that will control notifications, in addition to the choice of hiding or showing notifications based on user’s priority settings.
In addition to this, the system UI has indicated that the Android Q will most probably be the Version 10 of Google’s mobile operating system and this could potentially introduce a new emergency shortcut tool in the power menu. The code suggested that a “privacy chip” might be visible at the bottom of the screen which could be used to alert users regarding an app using their location data or sensors such as the microphone, and a related setting is known as “privacy-dialog” would be used which would provide further information regarding the same.