Good news for security conscious people, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has announced that next version of Android, Android L, will have an advanced built-in encryption just like Apple iOS 8. Making it impossible for hackers, and malicious people to break into your device. Even government agencies will not be able to access your data.
Encryption is not new to Android, since 2011 Android is offering optional encryption; users had the option to encrypt their phones and tablets, but the setup process for Android L will switch it on by default, just like iOS. iOS have always kept data encryption turned on; there isn’t any option to enable it.
“For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement, Google spokeswoman Niki Christoff told TWS.
”As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you wont even have to think about turning it on.”
Several steps are being taken to improve the encryption methods to prevent government and other agencies from spying on user data. Apple has done the same with iOS 8; they added the extra layer of security, Google seems to be on the same track with built-in encryption in Android L.
Google didn’t disclose any date regarding launch of Android L. Since, several flagship devices are rumoured to be launched in October, we can expect Android L to be coming soon.
Company recently launched Android One exclusively for the South Asian countries, including India. It is very much expected that the company will also introduce these features in its next update.