Google Prepares for Release of Android O Beta 'Soon'

Google Not Fixing Serious Android Permissions Issues Until Android O Release

Users were therefore getting security warnings for apps that they otherwise considered to be perfectly safe.

"Having a fix only available for Android O does raise security concerns, as a large number of Android users will be left vulnerable throughout their entire lifetime", Arsene said. But in order to add even stricter measures to this screen overlay functionality, the next Android O OS will be dialed back thus reducing the phishing threat on Android devices. As of now, Google says OEMs will get Android O in the third quarter. The Android O developer preview can now be tested on Google-specific devices such as the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C.

Nine months after releasing the first version of Android 7.0 Nougat, Google has wrapped up the beta program for that mobile operating system in anticipation of the arrival of Android O.

There are exceptions now when it comes to the System Alert Window and permissions, mostly because of the pop-up windows needed for some apps, like Facebook Messenger.

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For starters, Google promises to boost device battery life with Android O by restricting the activity of applications running in the background, making them more power-efficient and less battery-draining.

The permission to access the user's private information or other sensitive resources, such as the contact list, is included in what Google refers to as "dangerous permissions". Although, this option is partially visible only on the Android O Developer Preview.

"Based on Google's policy which grants extensive permissions to apps installed directly from Google Play, this flaw exposes Android users to several types of attacks, including ransomware, banking malware and adware", the experts added. So if you have an Android device, just be aware that the Android permissions issues will not be fixed at all until Android O releases later this year. That would be way too much of a hassle though, so some sort of automated method, just maybe a little better than what Google has now, will likely be the solution.

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