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Android 15 might stop some apps from reading notifications with OTP

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The countdown for the next iteration of the operating system has begun, as Google already dispatched the first Developer Preview of Android 15. Therefore, the code within Android 15 suggests that Google might stop untrusted apps from reading notifications with OTP.

The QPR3 Beta 1 update of Android 14 shows a new option named RECEIVE_SENSITIVE_NOTIFICATIONS. This permission has a protection level of role signature, which means it can only be granted to applications with the requisite role or to applications that the OEM signs.

While the exact role that grants this permission hasn’t been detailed yet, likely, that Google doesn’t intend to open this permission up to third-party apps. Hence, Google might be planning to crack down on a known Android security attack method with the upcoming OS – Android 15.

Various apps use passkey or enable two-factor authentication. While some forms of two-factor authentication are more secure than others, some platforms only support the most basic methods, wherein your one-time passwords (OTPs) are sent via email or text.

These methods are convenient since they don’t require additional setup, but they are also less secure since they’re easier to intercept. So, to reduce the risk of data loss, Android 15 might add a new feature that will stop untrusted apps from reading notifications with OTP.

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However, currently, it’s hard to describe which apps will count as an untrusted app but we can say that Android will have many ways to protect users from leaking their 2FA codes to third parties. Like the OTP_REDACTION, which suggests that Google will stop users from leaking their 2FA codes on the lock screen.

While the RECEIVE_SENSITIVE_NOTIFICATIONS permission suggests that Android will stop untrusted apps from reading notifications with 2FA codes.

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Android 15 to boost wireless charging with NFC support

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Google plans to introduce support for NFC Wireless charging (WLC) with Android 15. This feature is a significant development for charging small electronic devices. Unlike the widely-used Qi wireless charging, NFC wireless charging does not require large coils, making it ideal for devices with limited internal space.

With the Android 15 update, NFC wireless charging is expected to become more common in smaller devices such as earbuds, styluses, smartwatches, and tracker tags. This support will enhance user convenience and device functionality.

Announced in 2020, the NFC Wireless Charging technology uses antennas that are reportedly smaller than one centimeter. These antennas are versatile, serving both as a means for wireless charging and NFC data transfer. This dual functionality is particularly beneficial for smaller devices.

The slow adoption of NFC Wireless Charging in the market has been attributed to a lack of support from major operating systems. However, the recent Android 15 beta release indicates that Google is now integrating NFC Wireless Charging capabilities into the Android platform. This move could lead to an increase in WLC-enabled accessories.

This feature could transform the charging of devices like tracker tags, which could use NFC for both power and data, and styluses that comply with the USI 2.0 specification.

Android 15 might allow Google Play to update your phone’s NFC

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Android 15 expands default wallet app choices

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Google has recently released the first beta version of Android 15, which brings a significant update as lets users select a preferred app to serve as their default wallet application. This feature enhances the system’s flexibility, allowing for a personalized choice of NFC payment apps.

Previously, Google Wallet was the default NFC payment app on Pixel phones. With the new update, users have noticed that the AMEX app is also compatible with this setting.

This change is also expected for various payment apps to become the default wallet app on Android devices. Google explains that wallet apps are designed to store essential items like credit cards, loyalty cards, and even car keys, facilitating different types of transactions.

This update is notable because it differs from Apple’s approach on iOS, where alternative digital wallet apps are not allowed. Previously, Android hasn’t blocked third-party wallet apps but this new default setting will make it easier for users to integrate these apps into their payment processes, giving them more options and enhancing the overall user experience.

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Android 15 might allow Google Play to update your phone’s NFC

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Google’s upcoming Android 15 update is set to bring a transformational change in the way NFC technology is updated on smartphones. The company promises to reduce the complexity of operating system updates with Android 15. Notably, the NFC feature offers contactless payments and data transfer.

Back in 2019, Project Mainline was introduced by Google to address the challenge of updating the Android operating system across various devices. Project Mainline allows Google to update essential parts of the operating system directly, bypassing the device manufacturers. This method simplifies the update process and ensures that all devices receive updates simultaneously.

With the introduction of Android 15, Google plans to increase the number of updateable modules from 37 to 40 within Project Mainline. The addition of the ‘com.android.nfcservices’ package is significant because it includes the NFC stack.

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The presence of the NFC stack package along with two other packages indicates that Google is preparing to add these as new modules to the project mainline. Although it has not yet been confirmed whether these will be included or not.

As Android 15 gets closer to its release, it’s clear that Google is working towards a more unified Android experience. The ability to update the NFC stack directly through the Google Play System is a step that provides users with a more consistent and secure operating system.

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