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Google’s new Private Spaces feature is like Android’s incognito mode

At the Google I/O 2024 developer conference on Wednesday, Google announced Private Space, a new Android feature that allows users to store parts of the operating system to store sensitive information. This is a bit like the incognito mode of mobile operating systems, dividing designated applications into a “container”.

This space is available from the launcher and can be locked down as a second layer of authentication. Apps in private spaces will have notifications, settings, and recent actions hidden. As long as the private space is unlocked, users can still access the app through the system share sheet and photo picker in the main space.

Image Source: Google
Image Source: Google /

The feature was announced during the second beta preview of Android 15 and is exclusively for developers. At this stage, the company is encouraging app developers to try the product, but it warns that “there is a known issue with Private Spaces in Beta 2 that affects Home Screen apps.”

Google said it expects to resolve the vulnerability in the coming days. The feature itself should arrive with the release of Android 15, expected sometime in late summer/early fall.

Android 15 beta 2 is now available.

Read more about Google I/O 2024 at TechCrunch

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