Google has announced that it is going to be introducing a new default encryption in its next mobile operating system, the Android L, in a bid to prevent private information being hacked.
While Google has actually offered this feature on its systems already, users haven’t always been aware, meaning they have potentially put themselves at risk of others being able to obtain their information. By making it a default, they will be automatically safeguarded from this.
Niki Christoff, a spokeswoman for Google, said: “”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.”
The Android L is currently out as a developer preview and is expected to be fully released by the end of the year. The smartphone will require a password before the data held within it, including pictures and videos, can be accessed. This will no doubt leave numerous Android users and technology experts relieved in knowing their private information will be just that – private.
This follows Apple’s announcement that the new iOS 8 update would be encrypted by default also. Apple has even stated that the company itself will be unable to gain access to data on its devices.
Apple’s chief executive officer, Tim Cook, posted a message onto the company’s website highlighting that Apple’s philosophy was that a “great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy”.
Encryption as a default isn’t new to the world of the smartphone, however, as Blackberry has used it for some time now.
Smartphone security is undoubtedly a very relevant issue at the moment, and by ensuring it is a major point in their newest updates, Google and Apple are likely to see their army of fans grow stronger.