If rumors are to be believed, the next version of Android may emphasize enterprise security and business-specific features. That’s according to a report by The Information, which says Google’s own Sundar Pichai is leading the initiative to make Android more attractive to businesses.
Security is said to be a major focus. A range of features are under consideration, including stronger encryption, storage of data on secure chips, better compatibility with biometric authentication, and new APIs for managing devices and apps remotely.
Google may also introduce an app approval process separate from the Play Store that will ensure that apps within corporate app stores are “safe.” The article didn’t elaborate, but it would likely be an added protection against malicious code that can be surreptitiously embedded in apps.
Google is expected to unveil the next version of Android in June at I/O. Registration begins April 10.