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Android 15: Google fully working on protection from scams

Last week, Google unveiled the very first preview of Android 15 dedicated to Pixel devices, compatible with models 6 to 8 and with the tablets in the range.
In this version aimed at developers, we notice a constant commitment to maintaining a marked focus on privacy and the security features of the operating system.

Although there are few changes introduced, it is interesting to note particular attention, especially regarding the protection against scams and attacks by hackers.

Thanks to the in-depth analysis of SamaGame, we can have an overview of the new features introduced with the latest Google update.

Android 15 will take advantage of the Android Dynamic Performance Framework (ADPF), announced several years ago by the Mountain View company.

This structure allows developers to optimize the performance of games and apps to high resource demands, featuring an energy-efficient mode and benefiting from temperature limitations during intense sessions.

Another interesting change concerns the addition of the report in the developer options under Debugging HDR/SDR, allowing you to switch from one setting to the other directly.

The Android 15 preview also includes a tactile feedback when adjusting the brightness through quick settings.
This is a small but practical detail, also extended to the adjustment of the keyboard vibration, now accessible via the Gboard settings, for which a special lever has been introduced.

Another relevant function is the new one notification cooldownwhich gradually lowers the volume when you receive multiple consecutive alerts from the same app, making the constant “stream” that sometimes rages on our phones more discreet and less invasive.

One of the new additions derives from the Android 14 QPR3 Beta version, and concerns the implementation of countermeasures aimed at preventing scammer to access sensitive information.

Mishaal Rahman spotted a permission called RECEIVE_SENSITIVE_NOTIFICATIONS in the beta code.
This reports a protection level of role|signature, indicating that it can only be granted to applications with a specific role required or those signed by the OEM.
The exact role this permission plays is not yet defined, but Rahman suggests that Google could use it limit data access to third-party apps.

The user will have to manually grant the app permissions in the settings before the NotificationListenerService API becomes available, as shared by Rahman in the illustrative screenshot of this procedure above.

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