Google s I/O 2015 annual developer conference takes place next week, and the company is rumored to unveil the next Android version at the event. Apart from Android M reportedly bringing more privacy controls, the new version may also including native fingerprint authentication for apps. Also Read - Google cuts Play Store fee to 15 percent for all subscription apps from 2022Also Read - Facebook’s new name could be Meta or Horizon, or will it be called FB?
With the advent of fingerprint sensors, especially in high-end Android smartphones, Google could be looking at using it for enhanced privacy and security for individual apps. Buzzfeed reports that this new feature will let users enter all of its supported apps without the need for passwords, by setting a ‘fingerprint lock’ instead. What this means is that, now you have an added option of fingerprint lock on individual apps, apart from the traditional password lock. Also Read - Why Google should consider bringing Pixel 6 series to India, but it is not
Apart from this, Android M is also expected to beef up its security credentials, and also integrate few features focused on enterprises. There are also hopes that integration of Google voice commands would also be made available to third-party apps, just like Microsoft has done with Windows Mobile 10.
Talking about the more privacy controls on the upcoming version, it will effectively let users decide what information they want individual apps to access. Android M will give users detailed choices over what photos, contacts or locations each app can access; and comes at a time, when privacy is a huge concern among the many growing mobile Internet users.
It is interesting to see how Google is pushing major Android updates year after year like clockwork while adoption rates remain weak. Android Lollipop, for instance, has just reached past 10 percent of overall Android installed base.