Google's Android O is expected to bring in several new security features to protect Android phones from future malware attacks.
Google's Android O will bring in features like Safe Browsing, Find My Device and improved app screening.
Android O was first introduced to the world at Google's I/O developer conference in California last month. At the conference, Google's focus on cyber-security and malware detection was quite clear, with the technology giant introducing Google Play Security to unify its various anti-malware programmes under a common platform.
These are 5 key security features that are expected to launch with Google's Android O later this year:
1. Find My Device
Google has announced a new feature called Find My Device as a component of Google Play Protect. Using this feature, you will be able to locate, ring, lock and erase your lost Android phone, tablet or smartwatch. This feature will help in quick detection of lost devices and protect them from unauthorised usage.
Google will start rolling out Find My Device to all Android phones in the next few weeks.
2. Improved app screening
Using advanced machine learning techniques, Google Play Protect will not only scan billions of apps that are on the Play Store but will also notify Android users about malicious apps that are downloaded from other sources. The feature will run in the background and will scan every app installed on your phone, whether from the Play Store or from any other source.
3. Safe Browsing
Google is introducing automated phishing detection and download protection within the Chrome browser to ward off malware intrusions via the browser. At the same time, Google will also scan for malware in Chrome extensions which often act as cover for malicious ransomware or other viruses.
"We find about 9,500 new malicious websites every day and show warnings to protect users. These are either innocent websites that have been compromised by malware authors or others that are built specifically for malware distribution or phishing," said Google in a blog post.
"Ignoring a malware problem is never a good idea—if one of our warnings pop up, you should never click through to the suspicious site."