All right. This approach to software updates is one of the most loved features of Chromebooks and I’m really excited to bring it to mobile as well. So that’s some of the ways we’re improving security mechanisms in the platform but let’s not forget about all of the security services that Google provides to keep all Android devices safe. In fact, when you think about the scale of Android and Google Play and the number of devices and apps out there, we’re providing one of the most comprehensive mobile security solutions in the world.
Let’s take a look at a few examples. Google Chrome protects users when they’re surfing the web through a system called safe browsing. Safe browsing warns users ahead of time when they’re about to go to a site that we know contains malware or is known to be deceptive. Today, we’re protecting over 1 billion mobile Chrome users.
Another example of how we protect users is through the Google Play store. All Android apps undergo rigorous security testing before appearing on the store. We review every app to make sure it meets our policies. We also run an app security improvement program with developers to identify potential security vulnerabilities. For example, we’ve worked with key banking and ecommerce applications to ensure they’re using https properly to protect against man-in-the-middle attacks.
Google Play itself is built on a state-of-the-art cloud-based infrastructure we call SafetyNet. SafetyNet — with SafetyNet Google’s expert systems and machine learning models analyze billions of signals every day to predict bad behavior. If an app steps out of line, Google Play will block or uninstall the app, no matter where it was installed from. And the scale of SafetyNet is extraordinary. Every day, we test over a billion devices and over 8 billion installed apps. And all of this happens under the hood to keep you safe and secure, no matter what version of Android you’re on.
Let’s move on. A third area of focus for us is our continued effort to improve productivity. And we’ve taken a close look at how people multitask on Android, to understand what’s working for them and where we can improve. And we’ve particularly focused on the recent apps screen. And what we learned from our user research is that over 99% of the time, people only select an app within the last seven. So we decided to simplify by automatically removing apps in the list that you haven’t used in a while. This then makes it much easier to find the app that you’re looking for.
Also, based on popular demand, we’ve finally added a Clear All button at the top. Yeah. Feels good! But my absolute favorite feature is something that we call Quick Switch. You can now flip to the previous app you were in just by double-tapping the Recents button from anywhere. You can think of it like a simplified Alt-Tab. And it’s amazingly useful in so many situations. For example, let’s say I’m in a phone call and I’m trying to coordinate an event. I can flip over to the Calendar app I was just in by double-tapping the Recents button at the bottom right. From there, I can check my schedule and then flip back to the dialer by double-tapping the Recents button again. It’s pretty cool.
Now, many of you have also asked for the ability to display more than one app at the same time. So we’ve invested a lot of effort in redesigning our window management framework in N. And we’re introducing two powerful new windowing modes in this release: Split-Screen and Picture-in-Picture. Split-screen is designed for tablets and phones and it’s really simple to use. So, for example, let’s say I’m watching a video on YouTube to learn how to make the best nachos. I can long-tap on the Recents button to enter multi-window and from there launch something like Google Keep, for example. Now I can update my shopping list for ingredients while I’m watching the video.
The second mode, Picture-in-Picture, is designed for Android TV and it’s a great way to let you keep watching something while you perform another task. For example, let’s say I’m watching a live TV program on retro gaming and they’re talking about Pac-Man and I want to see if I can install and play the game myself. I can put the live content into Picture-in-Picture mode to keep watching it and then go ahead and perform a voice search for Pac-Man. This will then give me an option to install the game from the Play Store, all at the same time as watching the content. It’s pretty cool.
Notifications is another area we’ve worked on to improve productivity in Android and it turns out that today over half of the notifications shown in Android originate from messaging applications. So we decided to make some changes to really optimize for this use case. We’ve added a new direct reply feature which lets you quickly reply to a message like so. You no longer need to launch the app to fire off a quick response, so it’s a real time saver.
We’ve also added a feature to give you more control over notifications. With N, you can long-tap a notification to change its visibility. For example, you can block notifications from a given app or set them to show only silently. So now you’re able to choose which application — which notifications are important for you.
One other area we’ve worked on to improve your productivity in Android is your ability to express yourself with Emoji and Android is the first mobile platform to support the new Unicode 9 Emoji standard. And with this addition are more human-looking glyphs and support for skin tone variations. Unicode 9 also brings 72 new emoji glyphs, so now you can let your friends know, for example, when you’re dancing like a left shark while juggling and eating avocado toast in order to win first prize in that selfie contest, basically my typical Friday night. Not!