As Android lovers eagerly await the rollout of the Android 5.0 Lollipop, they will be even more pleased to learn that the latest mobile OS from Google packs in auto encryption and smart device locking capabilities.
Google's Adrian Ludwig, lead security engineer, waxed eloquent about the latest Android update in a blog post, which the company launched in mid-October.
"When it comes to security, Lollipop is the biggest update for Android to date. From the moment you turn on a device running Android 5.0, you'll have a wealth of new security features protecting you, like encryption by default and a lock screen that's easier and more powerful than ever," noted Ludwig.
What is the purpose of bringing on board stringent security features, you ask? Google is apparently focusing on countering vulnerabilities that exist in devices that are misplaced or stolen. If a user loses the device, these new features will allay fears over sensitive data breach.
Not only will Android 5.0 Lollipop have default encryption abilities; it will also offer improved protection against malware so that a user's data is safe from infringement and spying. The complete encryption happens at "first boot" by deploying a "unique key" always present in the device.
Android 5.0 Lollipop also brings another exciting feature: Smart Lock. Smart Lock is basically a method of locking and unlocking your phone through several nifty features. For instance, a user can unlock or lock a device by using Bluetooth pairing or NFC. Users can even opt for facial unlock, which analyzes a user's face instead of a picture while unlocking.
Smart Lock will be handy for people who do not like the idea of using a passcode for locking the device's screen. This feature is easy to use, and its simplicity may entice users who do not like cumbersome processes to protect a stolen or misplaced phone.
Android 5.0 Lollipop also brings in its folds the Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux). SELinux will bring security enhancements to the OS by isolating apps. This, in turn, will stop a malicious app from gaining access to alternative software stored on the device.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop, the lock screen will display notifications in a better manner. Users will be able not only to view but also respond to messages from the lock screen itself.
All in all, the device manager will aid users in hunting down a stolen or misplaced device, as well as give them the option to wipe the data remotely.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is slated to be pushed out on Nov. 3.