Everybody is curious about Google’s upcoming Android L operating system and many are looking forward to the features it will bring. But by the looks of it, it will have some nice surprises. A spokesperson for Google has recently told The Washington Post that the company plans to make data encryption the default setting for the Android L operating system, which is set to be released next month.
Thus, if Google will indeed offer default data encryption, it will mirror the functionality in Apple’s iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Here’s what Google spokesperson Niki Christoff told The Washington Post
“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. As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.”
Encryption has been available on some Android devices since 2011, but you had to activate the functionality manually, which means you had to be concerned about your data in order to activate it. But this could change as new devices loaded up with the Android L operating system will come with encryption enabled out of the box.
With this move, Google looks to give its users the same feature as in Apple’s new mobile operating system iOS 8, which also comes with new automatic encryption methods. Tim Cook has recently issued an open letter, saying that law-enforcement officials can’t access data stored on iOS without a user’s pass code:
“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your pass code and therefore cannot access this data. So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”
Google officials said the company has been working on the default encryption feature for the past months, but it seems that they wanted to wait until Apple’s iPhone 6 launch to make the announcement.
How well our privacy and data is protecting is becoming a big concern for users, and it’s nice to see that such big companies as Google and Apple are looking after us.