Google is enhancing its security and privacy features with the Pixel 6. The company has introduced new security center and privacy dashboard features that will make it easier to control important settings.
The Security Hub provides an overview of security settings, such as whether your phone has the latest security updates installed or if you set your fingerprint or PIN to unlock your device. Importantly, it can keep tabs on the apps you install and identify potential “malicious” ones. At the top of the security hub is an indicator that will alert users if any settings need attention. A green checkmark indicates that everything is OK, while yellow exclamation marks appear when something needs to be resolved.
Google has also shown new indicators to make it easier to tell which app is using the phone’s camera or microphone feed. Like notifications in iOS, an indicator will flash in the top right corner of the display when using the phone’s mic or camera feed, and users will have the ability to kill access to specific apps.
Similarly, the new Privacy Dashboard makes it easier to track which data app has access and how each app is using its permissions to access information such as location data. Like Security Hub, Google has already made a lot of this information available in Android, but it often buries several layers in the settings menu, so this should make it easier for all users on a dashboard.
Google added that it has strengthened its anti-spam and phishing protection features and that the Pixel 6 will be able to provide alerts when potentially shady phone calls, texts, emails and links are detected.
It’s not yet clear if the company plans to bring these features to more devices than just its pixel lineup. The company said during its event that the Privacy Dashboard and Security Hub is “coming first” to the Pixel, so features could make their way to more Android devices in the future.
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