Google has now launched the first official Developer Preview is designed for Android 12 and brings significant changes in the management of working devices. In fact, there are no less than four distinct changes, from managing passwords and certificates to signing up. Each change was explicitly aimed at simplifying the safety of handsets and gadgets in the workplace.
What is in the new version of Android 12 for managing work devices?
The first of the new changes announced for Android 12 comes down to the password and security challenge processes. For starters, Google is simplifying the complexity requirements for passwords. Unlike the granular requirements, previously seen during password creation processes, the company is reverting presets for complexity. That is, the level of complexity required for high, medium, or low complexity passwords.
The change is part of the changes that improve hardware-based brute force protections. Using the new levels of complexity and other security protections such as the SafetyNet Attestation API and Google Play Protect, passwords can be simplified to match.
Administrators will still be able to apply precise passwords. And that’s where workplace safety challenges come in. Once the change is in place, the device setup process may include complexity requirements set by the administrator. Specifically, these more complex passwords would apply to work profiles and associated app data. Indeed, apply stronger passwords for the most sensitive data.
All of this comes with deeper control for company-owned devices in particular. But Google hasn’t left out better controls for employee-managed gadgets, either. The company denies the use of hardware identifiers for the enrollment of such devices, for example. Instead, personal devices will receive a new programmatically derived ID during the enrollment process.
Enrollment-specific IDs will allow admins to identify and track devices. Specifically, for example, if the device needs to be re-enrolled, for example for a factory reset. While also limiting device tracking if the user leaves the company.
Finally, Google is streamlining the management of credentials for unmanaged devices running Android 12. Google says it will make the process available to “device policy client side” apps.
And, in summary, the change will help businesses develop and extend secure access regardless of location. While avoiding manual certificate installation processes.
When will you see the changes?
Now it is already possible to flash Android 12 developer overview on Pixel brand smartphones, professional device or not. But since this is the first such release, we are still several months away from finalizing the new version of the operating system. Google is planning this release for developers to prepare their apps for new platform enhancements. So it’s not yet intended for general consumer use and is going to be bugged, right out of the door.
Android 12 would be completed just before or in September.