Google’s plan to encrypt user data on Android devices by default will get a new push with Android 6.0, also known as Marshmallow.
The company requires Android devices capable of decent cryptographic performance to have full-disk encryption enabled in order to be declared compatible with the latest version of the mobile OS.
Google’s first attempt to make default full-disk encryption mandatory for phone manufacturers was with Android 5.0 (Lollipop), but it had to abandon that plan because of performance issues on some devices.
This put Android at a privacy disadvantage with iOS, which already encrypts user data out of the box in a way that not even Apple, or government agencies for that matter, can recover it.
With the release of Android 6.0, the Android Compatibility Definition Document (CDD), which sets guidelines for manufacturers, has also been updated. The document now lists full-disk encryption as a requirement instead of a recommendation.
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