13:40 04th Mar, 2015
Newer Android Lollipop Devices Will Not Be Encrypted By Default
Google seems to have relaxed it policies after a little bit of discovery.
As many of you who have the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update may have noticed by now, not every device has encryption turned on. This is clearly because of the fact that device encryption does affect performance drastically as can be seen on the Nexus 6 smartphone.
Strangely though after a number of complains and plenty of research done by Ars Technica and AnandTech, it now seems that Google has relaxed its policies about data encryption being turned on by default.
This can be seen from a number of devices that have received the Android Lollipop update, including the budget Moto G.
It seems that Google has finally come to terms with the fact that data encryption is only for high-end devices. This is something that even currently available flagship smartphones cannot handle, which is why Google may enforce them when the memory chips get quicker and more efficient at handling encryption.
So what happens till then? Well, technically, manufacturers have to resort to turning off the encryption process.
As of now we aren’t far away, in fact Samsung is gunning for faster memory modules already, but its just that the hardware was not built for this purpose and may not be able to deliver under pressure.
With the emergence of DDR4 RAM on mobile chipsets, we may actually get a taste of how secure Android devices will be in the future. But for now we have yet to get our hands on one and tell the difference.
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