Next major Android release to pack “kill switch” & ART as default runtime

Tweet Android and Windows Phone smartphones security credentials are being upgraded with an iPhone-style kill switch, in what’s shaping up to be a sustained clamp down on handset theft. The move from Google and Microsoft follows a report revealing that thefts of iPhones tumbled 19% during the first five months of 2014. The drop is attributed to a security feature dubbed Activation Lock that allows iPhone users to remotely render phones inoperable in the event that they are stolen. Conversely, the number of stolen Samsung devices stolen in the same period was up by 40 per cent. The South Korean phone-maker has rather dragged its heels over implementing a kill switch, which only hit many of its handsets in April. Google has yet to name a date for when it will introduce the function but said that factory reset protection solution will drop with the next version of Android.
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Recently, the rumor mill started churning in regards to an upcoming Nokia X2 Android smartphone, and the company’s new teaser may be for this device. Follow us Nokia is now signaling an upcoming announcement set for Monday, June 23, with the teaser “Green with Envy.” This choice of words seems like a subtle hint to Android, suggesting that the rumored Nokia X2 may be ready to make its debut. “Summer brings out our inner glow… stay tuned to Conversations to find out what we’ve got in store,” Nokia touts . Just below this teaser, the company has also added a countdown timer to boost anticipation ahead of the event.
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Likely to be dubbed as Android 5.0 Lollypop, this upcoming iteration of Android will bring kill switch functionality, which is aimed to deter the theft of Android smartphones, revealed Google in a statement. Already included in the smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3, the so-called kill switch functionality, which is also known as reactivation lock or anti factory-reset protection, blocks any attempt to factory restore the smartphone or reactivate it by putting password protection. Unless the thief knows your password, the phone is rendered useless and thus impossible to resell. Specifics of the Android kill-switch are unknown at the point but it will very likely be included i the Android Device Manager , which currently allows Android users to track or wipe their lost or stolen devices. In addition to the kill switch, Android 5.0 will also make ART (Android Runtime) as the default runtime on Android devices.
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