For the first time on Android, default data encryption will be offered by the latest version, codenamed Android L. Arguably this is in direct response to the high profile iCloud leak about a month back, buts it’s always good for users to be offered default protection nonetheless.
Speaking to the Washington Post, Android spokeswoman Niki Christoff said,
“For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keysare not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement… 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.”
Perhaps Android is just trying to massage public opinion, or pre-empt a privacy leak like what happened to Apple. Whatever the reasons though, it’s a big step in the right direction for winning over public opinion. The Chief Technologist for the Centre for Democracy and Technology in Washington, Joseph Lorenzo Hall insisted,
"Most people aren't going to go out of their way to do these things… It's so awesome, as someone who has worked on these issues for a long time, to see these two companies switch their defaults to where these things will be strongly encrypted, and rightly so."
Android L has no set release date yet but its expected to ship, and be renamed, by the end of the year.