Your New Android Lollipop Phone May Not Be Encrypted By Default

Think twice before you save some really important or private data on your new Android smartphone.

Last year Google announced with much fanfare that its then upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop release would require full disk encryption on all new phones.
Android Lollipop
Now however, we’re getting to see new Lollipop phones from Google’s partners that aren’t encrypted by default, contradicting Google’s previous statement.
According to ArsTechnica, Google’s publication of Android 5.0 hardware requirements in January of 2015 has been relaxed, doing away with full disk encryption by default.
Disk encryption on Android devices has been possible for sometime now, but it wasn’t done so by default until Google’s announcement last year.
While the company hasn’t responded as to why the hardware requirements were relaxed, it could have to do with performance issues people were noticing on the Nexus 6.
Google might have relaxed its mandatory disk encryption clause to give manufacturers time to upgrade to faster flash memory, which can offset the performance drawbacks of disk encryption.
[Source: ArsTechnica]

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