Google Releases Second Android 15 Beta with Enhanced Theft Protection

Newly Updated Beta of Android 15 Enhances Security Features

Google has recently released the second beta version of its forthcoming Android 15 operating system, giving its users access to multiple new features aimed at enhancing device security. One of these features includes the ability to detect when a phone is potentially being stolen or forcibly taken, thus prompting an automatic device lockdown.

Several new safety features of Android 15 are also expected to gradually make their way into older Android OS versions, thereby making them accessible to a wider user base.

Security features of Android 15

Theft Detection Lock

The Theft Detection Lock feature is designed to detect unusual, rapid movements of the mobile device, potentially indicating an instance of theft or snatch-and-grab. To prevent the unauthorized access to the device’s data, it gets instantly locked. The system also keeps an eye on potential remote hacking attempts and automatically disconnects the device from the network.

Theft Detection Lock feature of Android 15

Remote Lock

Another handy feature rolled out by Google is a new way to remotely lock the phone if it lands in the wrong hands. This can be done by visiting, entering the user’s phone number, and answering a few security questions. The device will then be locked. This feature will become available with the upcoming update of Google Play services for Android 10 and later versions.

Personal Spaces and Factory Reset Protection

Android 15 also introduces a new safety feature called “Personal spaces”, which lets users store apps and data in a separate, concealed area of a smartphone’s memory that can be locked with a unique PIN. Additionally, Google has introduced protective measures against forceful device reboots and factory resets. Under this feature, the system will request the owner’s login details upon a reset.

Android Play Protect Updates

Google has also updated the Android Play Protect feature. It now monitors how apps use requested permissions on the device to track signs of phishing and fraudulent activities. Information about potentially malicious apps is sent to Google for further verification.

The official release of Android 15 is expected this fall.

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