Google has been on a mission to improve the privacy and security of Android recently, and Samsung has always been at the forefront of these areas. As a result, One UI 3.0, which is based on Android 11, is the most secure OS version that has ever hit Galaxy phones thanks to few important changes and new features.
A major focus for One UI 3.0 is app permissions, with the goal of giving users more control over their personal information. In addition, the latest version of Android adds new protections that happen in the background. These changes and APIs better protect your Galaxy smartphone without you having to do a single thing. Here are some of the more notable ways a User Interface 3.0 makes Galaxy devices more secure.
You can now grant apps temporary access to a state. The camera, microphone, and location have a new option in the permission request request: “Only this time.”; When selected, the app gets one-time access, but as soon as it closes, it must request permission again to be able to use it again.
Access to background space must be granted manually
In One UI 3.0, “Allow all the time” is no longer an option in the permission prompt when an app requests access to your site. In previous versions, this was used to grant background space access.
Apps can still get this permission, just not with a single tap. You can either go to “Permissions Manager” in Settings to grant background space access manually, or apps can add an extra button to the permissions prompt that takes you to the system settings menu, where you can then grant access. Definitely an improvement for casual users who do not understand the implications of these settings.
3. Automatically reset state
In a user interface 3.0, when an app has not been used for several months, its permissions can be revoked automatically. With the new switch “Remove permissions if the app is not used” is on the permissions page for an app (the app must target Android 11 to see this switch), all granted permissions change to “Deny”.
4. Protection against app issues
In earlier versions of a user interface, any apps installed on your device may ask the system for a complete list of other apps installed on your device. This allowed apps to check if you had a necessary second app or an app that it did not want to interact with.
However, this information has been misused by some apps as a method of tracking users and collecting data, so in One UI 3.0 this policy has changed. Apps that request a list of installed apps by default see a filtered list of installed apps. If the information is not in this list, they may ask for specific elements.
5. Requests for repeated permissions are blocked automatically
Instead of getting the same permission request for permission that you denied, in One UI 3.0, if you deny a permission twice, the UI treats it as “do not ask again.” You will no longer be prompted for permission, but you can still enable it manually in the system settings.
6. Spam protection
The FCC has an authentication tool called STIR / SHAKEN that verifies phone numbers. They have mandated that all US operators implement this system in their network to combat robocalls and spam.
In a 3.0 user interface, call screening apps can access the verification status from STIR / SHAKEN and use this information to improve the blocking of unwanted calls.
7. Covered storage in full effect
Scooped Storage, first implemented in One UI 2.0, changed how apps interacted with the file system. It restricted app access to only a few folders on the internal storage, so apps could not view your other files. However, it broke too many apps and forced Google to create a temporary solution.
In a 3.0 user interface, apps must now use Scooped Storage. For file managers, One UI 3.0 has a new “All Files Access” permission, so they can work as they did in previous versions. However, the app must meet certain requirements to qualify for this license. All other apps are restricted to “Media Access” only.
8. No more assignable standard camera
In One UI 3.0, users can no longer set up a standard camera. While you can still use third-party apps from the camera and the camera features built into apps like Snapchat, a phone app’s pre-installed camera application must be used when an app requests to use a camera app. This was done to prevent apps from stealing your site by reading geotags in your photos.
9. Disable automatic USB audio route
There is a new entry in developer options called “Disable USB Audio Route.” When you connect an audio device to your phone via USB, it disables automatic audio routing to that device.
10. Better protection with track space
When an app needs access to antenna features to improve tracking accuracy, One UI 3.0 has some limitations to protect your privacy. First, the API that enables the app to access this information is specific to the device model only. Second, the user must grant location permission for the app to collect this information.
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