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Gionee M6 could revolutionize Android smartphone security

The new smartphone from Gionee will be equipped with a new encrypted chip for higher security.

Gionee M6 has a hardware security solution that could result in this Android phone solving privacy problems. Shenzhen-based Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee is the creator behind the new yet-to-be-released smartphone. The company is working on solving mobile security privacy issues by focusing on hardware instead of software. Gionee intends to achieve this goal with a new encrypted chip that will be incorporated directly into the design of the M6 smartphone.

Gionee claims that no other smartphone manufacturer works on hardware encryption.

Recently there have been may rumors regarding Gionee developing hardware security tech. Now, the company’s vice president Yu Lei confirmed that they are releasing the new Gionee M6 with an encrypted chip.

Gionee M6 to offer better mobile securityThe basic idea behind this type of hardware encryption is that it is self-contained. It has the potential to minimize the attack surface for a device.

The company claims that its new security system will not be compromised like software level security. Software security is at a greater risk of attack because encryption takes place at the operating system level.

According to a news article from Hindustan Times, a source from Gionee said that “Most smartphone companies, such as those building Android phones, tend to focus their privacy and security efforts on the software side.”

The source pointed out that although some companies have implemented certain hardware security measure, such as Apple’s Touch ID, such features are still inefficient when it comes to protecting information stored on the smartphone.

“As soon as someone manages to pass through the lock screen, the information can be freely viewed,” said the source.

Gionee M6 is expected to be priced lower than its competition.

Gionee has not yet released the price of their new device, which is expected to launch in China on July 26. It is likely that the Gionee M6 will be more affordable than its competitors the Turing phone, Blackphone and Blackphone 2. If this is the case, it would mean that more consumers would have access to an Android phone with high security.

Presently, less than 10% of Android smartphones are sufficiently encrypted. Millions of current Android devices are infected with malware strains. If the Gionee’s M6 encryption chip works as well as they claim, this could be very good for Android’s mobile security future.

Mobile security through fingerprint scanning supported by Android

The operating system’s version of 1Password has now been updated to make this feature possible.

The 1Password version for Android has now been updated in order to allow mobile security methods to be changed for smartphone and tablet users, as their fingerprints will now be able to be scanned to unlock their devices.

This type of fingerprint scanning feature is appealing to people whose passwords are quite long.

The iPassword feature will also be welcome by people who struggle to be able to use touchscreen keyboards with the accuracy needed to enter a mobile security password. Until now, using the mobile app provided device owners with the opportunity to be able to use a single password in order to be able to log into all their various accounts. As passwords with greater length and complexity can often provide better protection, this could still lead to a notable frustration for users who must regularly enter the code or who find it challenging to use a touchscreen keyboard with the necessary accuracy.

The fingerprint scanner allows that password with added mobile security to be used, only without typing it.

Mobile Security - fingerprint scanningThat said, it’s important to point out that the new fingerprint scanning feature of 1Password for Google’s mobile operating system is limited to only a small percentage of devices, at the moment. Currently, it is compatible only with phones running on Android Marshmallow’s fingerprint support. Therefore, mobile devices that are operating on earlier versions of Android will still be limited to the option to enter one password for all their accounts. They won’t be able to scan their fingerprints to complete logins.

That said, for all users of the mobile app, there will still be some benefits to the updates that have now been released. For example, they give the mobile security application a more polished look that suggests a more streamlined experience. This new look brings it up to the Material Design style that has been established by Google. In terms of new features aside from the fingerprint scanning, it now also makes it possible to be able to share passwords with teams of people who will all need to be able to access various accounts.