Recently we heard some rumors that AOSP Android would be getting some improved security features, including a unique incognito mode which would be ideal for when guests use a device.
Steve Kondik, of the CyanogenMod team is now working on something similar for the famed custom Android software. More specifically, he wants to create some type of Incognito Mode for CyanogenMod. Wondering how it's going to work? The feature will return a completely empty list when a querying app looks for certain types of information like contacts, messages, browser history and more. The only way an application would be able to see said activity, is if you give it express permission to do so.
This will ultimately allow your personal data a form of superior protection, at least while Incognito Mode is active. A wall of sorts will be built between your personal data and applications on the device, unless you choose to tear it down they will not have access. I have a feeling this is a feature that many Android enthusiasts will be willing to get behind, if not only for the sake of maintaining personal privacy.
Unfortunately, the unique mode will not spoof the IMEI number of your device, nor will it operate as an ad-blocker of sorts. That means, applications will still be able to identity the device, and ads will still be delivered when applicable. It's just another means of keeping personal data and sensitive information private.
There's no word on a launch date, nor how long the feature will take to implement but if you want to read a little more about how it's going to work check out the Kondik's G+ post which is linked below.
What do you think of this news? Personal privacy and protection measures like this have been a long time coming, especially for mobile platforms that are being used on a daily basis. If such features are implemented into Cyanogen, I'm sure many will jump aboard the ROM train. Would you much rather wait and see what the Google team has up their sleeves though? It's possible something similar will be available for AOSP Android soon too?
Source Steve Kondik