Google’s next major version Android Q will try to make facial recognition more secure.
When will we see Android Q?
Like every year Google will unveil its latest Android operating system, Android Q at Google I/O. To be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in California from May 7 to May 9. Presumably, it will be a free update.
What new features Android Q will bring?
According to the latest leaks, the new OS will have following features:
- System wide dark mode aimed at saving battery. This will be controlled via Settings > Display > Dark Mode or Display > NightMode.
- Carrier restriction enhancements to lock phone in Android Q.
- App update reversal for third party apps.
- Secure Face Recognition.
What is carrier restriction and how will it work on single-SIM and dual-SIM devices?
Carrier restriction means network carriers will have control over which network devices will and will not work. On single-SIM devices it will be applied through a database that will contain name of allowed and excluded carriers. Whereas on dual-SIM devices the SIM slot would remain locked unless there’s an approved card in the first slot. This carrier restriction would stay even if you do factory reset, restart the phone or wipe it clean.
This means in Android Q and beyond one will need to buy an unlocked phone instead one from a carrier.
What else is coming to Android Q?
- Advanced app permissions and privacy controls.
- Location permission for apps will be revoked when not in use.
- Desktop mode to help users connect their phone with larger display.
- Ability to allow user to select time to read and take action on the message.
- Notification in the Android notification bar when an app or multiple apps will use location, camera or microphone.
- Section to read app permission summaries.
- Emergency shortcut will be added to the menu.
- Sensor Privacy to disable some phone sensors.
What does this mean for Android?
If you think that Google Pixel 4 will have a Face ID, that can compete with Apple’s Face ID then let me stop you. The only thing these leaks prove is Android will now support facial recognition hardware for face unlock, payments, and app authentication.