While it is less likely to come across situations where a rogue application compromises someone’s Android phone, nearly every week security researchers talk about malware targeting Android users. These malicious attacks can be avoided by inspecting app permissions or avoiding weird-looking applications.
Your phone’s security is in your own hands but Google has made itself responsible for securing every Android phone and to that effect, they quietly added a security feature called “panic detection”. The folks at XDA Developers uncovered the new “panic mode” in the latest version of Android. This mode helps you to escape a malicious app and go straight to the home screen.
Panic mode detection can be triggered by hitting the home button four times in quick succession, letting you flee the malicious application.
It is a very minor and unpublicised feature yet it is still nice to see what Google is working behind the scenes in order to make Android more secure for the average user.