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Google adds security and flexibility to Android mobile OS

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Security enhancements include the flexibility to secure devices with a PIN, password, pattern, or by pairing a smartphone with another trusted device like a watch.

Google is to begin rolling out the latest version of its Android mobile operating system from 17 October 2014. Android version 5.0 – codenamed Lollipop – replaces the year-old KitKat and promises to add security, increase battery life, add multiple user accounts, and give users more control over notifications. 

The feature of pairing a smartphone with another trusted device –called Smart Lock– is aimed at encouraging users to set passwords by making it unnecessary to type in a password whenever the trusted device is detected. The encryption of all stored data is also now a default setting to help increase security by offering protection for data on lost or stolen Android device

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