It seems like Apple’s iOS mobile OS has inspired Google’s Android operating system, as the latter will make the upcoming Android L devices encrypted by default, similar to Apple’s default encryption in iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads.
Though data encryption was launched in 2011 for Android the feature remained optional. As rival Apple claimed encryption in the iOS 8, Google is also strengthening its security in the upcoming Android L. Google stated that it would not know the passwords used the device for protecting data and will be only be known to users. Android L users will have to set up a four digit code on receiving the device.
“As a 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,” said Google.
Google has the encryption service in development for months and has observed that users do not turn on encryption, which can provide access to sensitive data to hackers. In the coming weeks, Apple will be providing the updates to iOS 8 for all supported devices. Google will have a difficult task of providing their updates as different mobile makers provide various versions of Android. The new service will take a few months to come to Android devices.
Though Apple and Google offer encryption services there are certain differences. The encryption claims to make surveillance by enforcement authorities difficult. The new default encryption by the companies comes after revelations by NSA’s former employee Edward Snowden about the mass surveillance by the government. Android L will be offered in new devices starting from October and it is expected to take a few years for the service to come up with all Android devices.
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