Android Q Won’t have Clip Board Access to Third Party Apps, Signature only

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Android Q, which is the next Android version is being expected to debut at the Google I/O 2019 and is being said to have the feature that would restrict background clipboard access to third-party apps. This feature would be helpful to users in protecting sensitive information like usernames and passwords from being accessed by malicious third-party apps. There have been a few references in an allegedly leaked build of Android Q which also points out at options of rollback of app updates. The next Android version might as well re-enable third-party apps to have background access to the user’s location. In addition to this, Android Q has been speculated to have fresh pre-installed fonts, icon shapes, and accent colours.

According to a report from XDA Developers, the alleged leaked build of Android Q emerged earlier this month and has been found to have new permission which has suggested that it would have the ability to restrict third-party apps from reading the clipboard. The permission might have been named as “android.permission.READ_CLIPBOARD_IN_BACKGROUND”, and it would probably enable users to grant apps the ability to read their clipboard data when it is running in the background. The protection level of such a newly found permission is “signature”, which means apps that have been signed by the manufacturers only could be granted such access to clipboard data in the background.

Mishaal Rahman, from XDA Developers, spotted a few new permissions for the system-level apps that would enable downgrading of apps. The permissions, which have been titled “PACKAGE_ROLLBACK_AGENT” and “MANAGE_ROLLBACKS”, might allow Google Play to rollback an app to its previous version. There are a few broadcast events, named “PACKAGE_ENABLE_ROLLBACK” and “PACKAGE_ROLLBACK EXECUTED”, which could be to inform the apps regarding the rollback action. 

Rahman mentioned that there was a new “–enable-rollback” flag which was in the leaked Android Q build which was included in the “pm” command. This might be responsible in enabling the rollback process for users. Google might also bring back background location access for third-party apps. This will be new permission that will let an app access location data in the background. The description of the new permission has been named “ACCESS_BACKGROUND_LOCATION”, and it warns users saying “app will always have access to the location, even when it is not being used.

The leaked Android Q build was also seen having references to a new list of pre-installed fonts, icon shapes, and accent colours. XDA Developers found that there will be two pre-installed fonts, which have been named Arvolato and Rubik; four icon shapes and this include Rounded Rectangle, Square, Squircle, Teardrop; and three accent colours, which include Black, Green, and Purple.

The new Android version will categorise overlays into three groups. This is similar to how Android was made available on Pixel models where the models had three overlay packages, and this includes a notch accessible via Developer Options, Pixel framework, and a partial dark theme.

Google will be hosting their I/O 2019 developer conference during May 7 and May 9 in Mountain View, California, where it has been expected to preview Android Q formally. But consider the number of leaks which have surfaced on the Web so far, it can be safely said that many more leaks are yet to come. The new Android version has been rumoured to have a system-wide dark mode, desktop mode, and a facial recognition feature which would be similar to that of Apple’s Face ID.

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