Android Q will likely bring native support for Face ID-like facial recognition hardware, reports XDA Developers. Additionally, it might also add a system-wide screen recording tool, new emergency shortcut, an updated notification management mechanism and support for WPA3 security standard. Android Q is widely expected to be announced at year’s Google I/O developer’s conference.
Android Q’s hardware-backed Face ID protocol is seen to require users to submit additional methods of authentication such as security PIN, password or pattern lock as a secondary pathway. But more importantly, Android Q’s facial recognition system will reportedly also allow users to log in to certain apps and services as well as authorise payments, aside from just unlocking their smartphone – an expected side-effect of a native, Google-defined process. The new findings also indicate that Google is testing the new system on a device with the necessary hardware, but it is not known whether the smartphone in question is the rumoured Pixel 4 which was recently thought to have been spotted on Geekbench running Android Q.
In a separate report by 9to5Google, Android Q features a few additional features in its System UI APK and AOSP’s Continuous Integration Dashboard. These include a system-wide screen recording feature, which was also spotted in a detailed teardown of the operating system done by XDA Developers, earlier this month.
Furthermore, the system UI indicates that Android Q will most likely be Version 10 of Google’s mobile operating system which might also introduce a new emergency shortcut tool in the power menu. The code also suggests that something called a “privacy chip” will be visible on the bottom of the screen to alert users when an app is using their location data or sensors like the microphone, while a related setting called “privacy-dialog” will provide more information about the same.