Google is boosting Android Key security for mobile apps with new Keystore features to improve the safety of devices running Android Pie.

The Android Keystore provides application developers with cryptographic tools designed to secure user data and Android Pie is introducing new capabilities to Keystore to enable restrictions on key use and to secure key use while protecting key material from the application or operating system, according to a Dec. 12 blog post.

Android Pie is implementing keyguard-bound keys which ties the availability of keys directly to the screen lock state while authentication binding uses a constant timeout so that the keys become unavailable as soon as the device is locked. The keys are then only made available again when the user unlocks the device.

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