Google has recently released a new cellular connectivity feature on its current Android 14 version. The company has officially announced on its blog post, Android 14 is the first mobile operating system to offer advanced cellular connectivity security features at the modem level on smartphones.
For your information, 2G was introduced in 1991 and it was not as safe as the current generation. These tools include a combination of hardware and software to carry out passive and active attacks against mobile subscribers over radio access networks (RANs). Miscreants can make fake calls, send fake SMS, and even access and track the device’s location. Stingray, in particular, was the surveillance and interception tool used in the infamous Pegasus attack.
Google has mitigated this threat for all Android users by introducing Turn 2G off toggle in Android 14. It was introduced in Android 12 for Pixel 6 and newer smartphones.