Data encryption to be a standard on Android L
By Adeel Inam
Because of recent security issues Apple being the most famous one when a hacker was able to hack into the cloud account of some famous celebrities, people are getting aware about it which is a good thing as its what smartphone users need nowadays and both smartphone manufactures and software manufacturers would be liable to bring new security features. Google has also decided to bring their own security features to their Android platform and said that data encryption on Android L will be a standard.
To be specific Google said that data encryption will be a part in the activation of Android L and said "you won't even have to think about turning it on”. Data encryption has always been there but a lot of users didn’t know about it and those who did never bother to go through it, as the encryption process takes a lot of time and not a lot of users are patient enough to go through that process. Google first introduced this data encryption features of theirs when Google launched Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
It’s a good start from Google and would be beneficial for those users who are worried about NSA. Google also told The Verge that "keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement”. Apple also brought this features with the launch of iOS 8. It’s good to see companies caring about the privacy of their users just like Blackberry did with their smartphones and is still one of the most secure smartphones out there, but sadly people have moved off of it, because of the lack of apps and customization.
What do you think about Google’s decision to make data encryption as a standard on the next version of Android known as Android L?