Rumours are abuzz that the search giant Google will come up with its next version of the Android operating system, the Android L, with encryption enabled by default.
This will be for the first time that Google’s Android OS will be encrypting data by default.
“As 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 spokeswoman Niki Christoff.
The Android L is expected to be released in October this year.
With the encryption enabled OS, the search giant will be able to provide an extra security layer on the highly sensitive and personal user data saved on the smartphones.
Android is the most popular operating system (OS) for smartphones in the world. The mobile OS has been offering options of encryption for some devices since 2011. But those options are not on available by default.
According to the smartphone security experts, the default encryption facility is available only in a handful of phones as the very few users know about the feature, much less know how to turn it on.
Trying to remove the minor hurdles, Google has decided to tweak the activation procedure for Android L in order to have encryption automatically activated.
With the development, Google is going to match the footstep of tech giant Apple, which has recently announced expansion of its two-factor authentication process for the iCloud storage system that recently faced a major cyber attack.
Apple’s iCloud storage system was also condemned as many nude pictures of certain celebrities were leaked on social networking forums following attack by group of hackers.