Just yesterday, Google rolled out Android 12 Beta 5, suggesting its imminent launch. And in the recent Beta 5 rollout, there is a noticeable update in the operating system.
There seems to be an apparent rebranding for Google’s old Device Personalization Services. Picking up a new name, Private Compute Core, it is a secure partition within the operating system that keeps and processes machine learning data.
Although, all the other stuff in the Settings section has remained the same. But Google already hinted the name would be a thing–back when it launched Android 12 Beta 2.
Right now, the company is sharing more details about the new Private Compute Core. More importantly, this update helps secure and protect your data even more.
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Android 12’s new Private Compute Services
Presently, Android 12’s Private Compute Core holds data for three machine learning features namely: Live Caption, Now Playing, and Smart Reply.
The features found inside Private Compute Core do not have access to the Internet. However, many machine learning and AI features need to be updated from time to time to have new and improved models.
Now, here’s where Android 12’s new Private Compute Services will come into the picture. Google’s Private Compute Core will enable AI-powered features kept in the sandbox to be safely updated.
In addition, Private Compute Services will provide a privacy-preserving bridge between the Private Compute Core and the cloud. This makes it possible to bring in new AI models as well as other updates over to sandboxed machine learning features over to a more secured track.
According to Google, communication between Private Compute Services and features takes place over a set of purposeful open-source APIs. This omits all the identifying information from data and applies privacy technologies such as Federated Analytics, Federated Learning, and Private information retrieval.
Furthermore, the code for Private Compute Services will be open-sourced so independent security researchers can audit it too. But there’s no timeline yet on its public release.
Private Compute Core offers data security, away from the touch of intruders
What Private Compute Core offers is a secure environment that is separate from the rest of the operating system and apps. The data stored and processed within the sandbox do not have any exposure from other apps –– unless the user intends it.
Take Smart Reply suggestion, for example. This will stay hidden from your keyboard and the app you are typing into.
Aside from the privacy sandbox, Android 12 has also added Privacy Dashboard. This displays the timeline of when apps access sensitive permissions such as camera, location, and microphone.
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