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5 Android Lollipop Security Features to Protect Your Device

November 7, 2014
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Android 5.0 aka Lollipop aka Android L is the new kid on the block, and it once more showcases Google’s ability to change the game. With the new Material Design UI, you will find that Android 5.0 is unlike any other Android version released so far. The new Nexus 9 tablet and upcoming Nexus 6 smartphone now come pre-installed with Lollipop and it is only a matter of weeks before we start seeing other devices running this version as well.

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Along with all the other changes to UI, design, and functionality, an integral part of Android 5.0 is Google’s enhanced focus on security. There are several new features that Google has introduced this time around, and this focus shows us that Google too acknowledges the very real matter of security and privacy on Android smartphones around the world. Here are some of the notable Android Lollipop security features that Google now offers.

Inbuilt Encryption

Earlier the encryption functionality could only be operated when needed. Not surprisingly, not many people knew about this feature or used it. But now Google has rectified that. All devices that run Android 5.0 will have the encryption turned on by default. This is a notable step that will help protect the data on devices in case of loss or theft. Default encryption blocks all the data on a smartphone if a remote attacker tries to steal it.

Smart Lock

This feature has been created to secure Android devices by pairing them with other trusted devices such as other smartphones or wearables or even your car. Google hopes that this feature will replace the recommended, but not widely used, password or pattern lock on smartphones. Via this feature, the phone unlocks when it is in range of another Bluetooth or NFC enabled and paired device. This is especially useful for adopters of Android Wear and smartwatches. By pairing your Android with your watch, you can unlock it every time you take it out of your pocket and bring it closer to your watch. Of course, this is just one instance of using this, and there are many other ways in which this can be used as well.

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Guest Mode

This is a feature that has been present on recent Android tablets, but has now become the norm for all Android 5.0 devices. Earlier, multiple user accounts could be operated on Android tablets. Now, Guest Mode allows someone to lend out their Android phone or tablet to someone and create a brand new guest account for them. For the guest, this creates an experience that looks like it is starting from a hard factory reset. Once a guest is done, all that information can be wiped easily.

Screen Pinning

With this feature, you can give someone access to your phone and only allow them to use the app you want them to use, by pinning that app to the screen. This can be a hugely popular feature for parents who can hand their phone to their kid and only grant them access to an app or a game that they want them to play and nothing else on the device.

SELinux enforcing

Security Enhanced Linux is valid for all applications on a device and it provides enhanced protection against smartphone vulnerabilities and malware. This feature was initially developed by the NSA in 2000 so it is highly advanced and reliable when it comes to blocking external threats. Essentially, what this feature does is enforce a level of security and app isolation that nobody can bypass. This makes Android smartphones more resistant to malware and other dangers.

While these Android 5.0 security features from Google are commendable, they do not rectify all the prevalent security issues on the platform. We still highly recommend installing a premium Android security application, and you need not look further than Quick Heal Mobile Security. This product provides wholesome Android security and highly effective features that safeguard smartphones and tablets.

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Rahul Thadani
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  15. Pradeep Kumar VishwakarmaNovember 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM

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  16. Dhandapani ElangovanNovember 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM

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  23. Pravin SonawaneNovember 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Which is link to get 5 Android Lollipop Security app download?

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    • Hi Pravin,

      Unfortunately, we cannot comment on whether you will be getting Android 5.0 on your device as of now. This is upto the Original Equipment Manufacturer or device maker of your phone. Ideally, manufacturers start rolling out OTA updates within a few weeks from release. There is no link you need to visit to download this software. You will receive a notification for updating once your OEM rolls this out.

      Regards.

      Regards.

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  25. BRAJ KISHOR SOYNovember 12, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Very good information.
    I’m using 4.4 KitKat on my xolo hive . is it possible to upgrade to 5.0 lollypop ?
    Thanks.

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    • Hi Braj,

      Unfortunately, we cannot comment on whether you will be getting Android 5.0 on your device as of now. This is upto the Original Equipment Manufacturer; in your case, Xolo. They should ideally start rolling out Over-the-air updates in the next few weeks.

      Regards.

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  27. Like

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    I have MMX a210 (canvas4) , so would u able to say that when MMX provide KITKAT/LOLIPOP to their user.

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  37. Sir when will be android 5.0 lollipop will be available for moto e .

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  38. Ansumay DattaNovember 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Thanks a lot for such useful information.

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  39. thanx for this such type of knowledge.

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  42. SANDEEP KUMARNovember 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    good information

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  43. SANDEEP KUMARNovember 14, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    UPDATE

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  44. How am i update my Android..

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    • HI Sandi,

      Whenever the update is released, you will be duly informed and then you can update your Android. You can also check for any updates by going to Settings >> About Phone >> System Updates

      Regards,

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  63. will moto g be upgrsded with lollipop

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    • Hi Srinivas,

      As per news reports, yes. We have read that Moto G will be receiving an update to Android 5.0. When this update reaches India, is up to Motorola though. You will receive a notification on your device when this update is made available for you.

      Regards.

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  64. shivam gautamNovember 16, 2014 at 8:14 PM

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  66. shivam gautamNovember 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Thanks for information.

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  67. nice apps how we update
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  69. I installed a Q H Pro on 15 nov but this is not updating.

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  71. Krishna KumarNovember 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Thanks for mobile protection.

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    Quick heal security is lovely app.

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  78. Great info! Looking forward to its use…

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  79. Hi, Does quickheal support lolipop now, can i safely install it on devices with lolipop??

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  80. When I will get the 5.0 update on my android one

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  81. U J KedarnathNovember 18, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Quite informative.Appreciate your quick response…

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  82. sir.
    same query are in my case i have mmx canvas elanza 2 A121.
    when mmx update to me for new veraion lolipop 5.0.

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    • Hi Dev,

      This call will only be taken by Micromax. We cannot comment on the same without proper information or knowledge. We suggest that you pose this question to Micromax themselves on their Facebook page or their Contact Us page.

      Best regards.

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    Very good app

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    supab apps excellent

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  87. Thank`s you give for information so nice

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  88. Azeem SiddiquiDecember 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I’m using my Samsung Galaxy grand prime. Is it possible to have my phone updated from kitkat to lollipop?? Please suggest…

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    • Hi Azeem,

      This is something that you would need to check with Samsung. They are the party that will decide if and when this rollout can be expected. We are not in a position to comment on this as this is purely Samsung’s call.

      Regards.

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  89. nice app
    thanks for it

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  90. venugopalMay 7, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Super app ..thanks

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