A day after Apple detailed its new privacy measures; Google has opened up about its own plans to boost security on Android. The company will enable data encryption by default on devices running on Android L, which means all data will be inaccessible unless the person has the decryption key.
Google has already been offering data encryption on certain Android devices, but it has been an optional feature. With the release of Android L later this year, the security feature will be enabled by default when a person activates a new device.
“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.”
Apple too is using data encryption on all iOS devices running on the latest operating system. The iOS 8 update was released for iPhones, iPad and iPod touch. Apple claims that its new security measures are watertight, and even it can’t bypass a user’s passcode to access data. These new measures come weeks after a hacker got access to iCloud accounts of a few Hollywood actresses and posted their intimate photos on the Internet.
In addition to data encryption, Android L will also bring in a host of changes and improvements, chief among which will relate to the design. Google calls it Material Design, and it boasts a flatter look and smooth animations. Here’s a detailed list of all the features introduced on the Android L update. Google has however not revealed a specific date for the release of Android L.