Google I/O 2014: Android getting security updates

Google unveiled its brand new Android L operating system during the I/O keynote on Wednesday afternoon.

One of the new features coming to the overhauled OS involve updated security features for users. The integrated malware protection has been updated, and security updates will be moved to Google Play services.

By moving security patches to Google Play Services, this allows Google to send out updates around every six weeks to users. This eliminates the concern by customers that they have to rely on carrier and manufacturer updates for improved security.

Users will also be able to immediately disable their phones should they go missing or get stolen.

An updated lockscreen will also be a part of Android L. Known as “personal unlocking”, this new feature will know if you are wearing an Android Wear-powered watch and will keep your phone unlocked. Should your phone and watch become too separated, the phone will lock and you will have the option of disabling it.

A Developer Preview version of Android L will be available to users later on Wednesday, Google announced during the keynote. The new OS will be available to end-users later this fall.

What do you think of the new security updates coming to Android? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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