Security and privacy settings are rolling out to complete the Pixel Feature Drop

Security and privacy settings are rolling out to complete the Pixel Feature Drop

To end the December feature drop, Google is now rolling out the combined security and privacy settings for Pixel phones running Android 13 QPR1.

In Settings, the new Security & Privacy menu uses a shield icon that has a badge with Google choosing to highlight “App security, device lock, permissions” in the description.

The very first item on this page is a card that notes the status of your device with the option to start a scan. If there are no problems, you will get “Looks good” and the shield mark in green. If problems are identified, as in the cover image above, you will be prompted to take action. (It’s also worth noting how the design Google showed off at I/O 2022 in May has “Protected by Android” branding that doesn’t appear today.)

Bottling App security opens the Play Protect page in Google Play, while Device lock is a drop-down curtain with Screen lock and Face and fingerprint unlock.

Google Security Check first asks you to select an email and then takes you to the corresponding Google account page, while Find my device opens the on/off settings. Updates notes the Android security update level and the Google Play system update, while Privacy is the last dropdown menu:

  • Privacy dashboard
  • Permit manager
  • Privacy controls

More security settings are unchanged from before: Smart Lock, Device admin apps, Encryption and credentials, Trust agents, App pinning and Confirm SIM deletion

It is also More privacy settings: Notifications on lock screen, Show media on lock screen, Android System Intelligence, Personal use of app data, Autofill service from Google, Google’s location log, Activity controls, Ads and Usage and diagnostics.

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Old standalone security and privacy settings

How to get security and privacy

So far we’ve encountered Security and Privacy on a Pixel 7 and 7 Pro running the stable Android 13 QPR1 build after updating to all available Google Play system updates. In our case, the first came in at around 50MB and the second was under 1MB. After that is completed, we went to App info to Force shutdown The Settings app.

This is the last part of the December Feature Drop. Free Google One VPN began rolling out at the beginning of the month, Clear Calling and unified Pixel Launcher search are live after installing Android 13 QPR1, Recorder 4.2 with speaker tags went live yesterday, and Live Bloom is available with an update to Pixel Live Background app via Play Store. Pixel 6 and 6 Pro should update Android System Intelligence and Digital Wellbeing to detect coughing and snoring.

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