Just this week, Google took the opportunity to reveal a new feature on its Android mobile operating system that sends notifications to mobile users of new devices and security related occurrences on their account by way of onscreen alerts. Basically, this is how it all works -- when a new handset is added to the user’s account, native Android alerts, i.e. those that are displayed on the smartphone’s or tablet’s display screen, will notify the user about the newly added handset. The alerts will serve to update users about any new activities related to their account. This new update to Android is made available via both Rapid and Scheduled release channels.
If the user sees a new notification about an event and harbors some suspicions about that even, he can elect to “Review Account Activity” in order to determine which new handset was added to his account, from which location and other pertinent information. If an alert being displayed is of the expected kind, the user can simply dismiss that alert as any other notification. If not, the user is free to employ some protective measures, like changing his password for instance, in order to protect his account.
Before this new update, security alerts on the Android mobile operating system were typically sent to mobile users through their email address. With the new feature however, Google believes that Android users will likely review information more, basically allowing them to be more careful in protecting their respective accounts.
In related news, it is quite possible that Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest version of Android, will be launching as early as this week on Friday. The prediction was made by known leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) via a tweet posted over the weekend. Blass has compiled quite a good record of leaks that turn out to be true, but on the other hand, you can never fully trust rumors until they are confirmed.
If Android Nougat does go on to start its roll out by the end of this week, it would be considered an early deployment compared to past launches of previous versions of Android. In recent years, launches of new Android versions normally happen in October or November. However, it bears noting that Google is looking to speed up the whole upgrading process for Android. An early roll out for Android Nougat would mean that, at least, Android mobile users will not have to wait that long anymore if Google sticks to its usual schedule.
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