Google has a new encryption form called Adiantum designed to provide storage encryption to cheaper Android devices without affecting performance.…
Google has a new encryption form called Adiantum designed to provide storage encryption to cheaper Android devices without affecting performance. Currently, devices like low powered Android Go smartphones, smart watches, and televisions fall under Google’s performance encryption requirements. With Adiantum, Google says every Android device can be encrypted, meaning that privacy will not only be for those who can afford it.
Encryption is an important defense against anyone, whether it’s criminals or snooping authorities, who want to access your personal information without your consent. Adiantum is designed to encrypt your Android device’s storage, making any documents or files stored on your device private and secure.
The majority of Android hardware is currently encrypted with the AES standard, but cheaper phones, such as those equipped with advanced processors built around the ARM Cortex For example, A7 lacks AES hardware support. Google says Adiantum is five times faster than Android’s typical low-power AES encryption. Nerds can read all the gory details of the evolution of the new encryption mode in this blog post.
Adiantum is scheduled to be released with Android Q, the successor to Android Pie which will come later this year. Don’t expect the new technology to speed up mid-range or flagship devices, Google says AES is still the faster encryption standard when there is hardware help, and will still be a requirement for phones that support it.
“Our hope is that Adiantum will democratize encryption for all devices,” wrote Eugene Liderman, head of mobile security strategy at Google. “Just as if you were not buying a phone without text messaging, there is no excuse to compromise device security. Everyone should have privacy and security, regardless of the phone’s price tag.”