The next generation of Google’s Android operating system, due for
release next month, will encrypt data by default for the first
time, the company said Thursday, raising yet another barrier to
police gaining access to the troves of personal data typically
kept on smartphones.
Android has offered optional encryption on some devices since
2011, but security experts say few users have known how to turn on
the feature. Now Google is designing the activation procedures for
new Android devices so that encryption happens automatically; only
somebody who enters a device’s password will be able to see the
pictures, videos and communications stored on those smartphones.
Good news for everyone, but seriously — how many years until a majority of Android users are running Android L or higher? Five?