Mar 06, 2015

Why is Google disabling default encryption on Android 5.0 devices?

I thought Lollipop devices were supposed to be encrypted by default, but on the Moto G you can’t even select default encryption once you’ve upgraded to 5.0. What’s going on? Is this because of law enforcement claiming having people able to encrypt phones puts public safety at risk?
Unfortunately, device encryption has a negative impact on Android performance at this point. As a result, Google backtracked on their play include default decryption on Android 5.0 devices. You can still do it, but you have to weigh whether it is worth the performance degradation. Engadget asked Google about this, and Google responded:

"In September, we announced that all new Android Lollipop devices would be encrypted by default. Due to performance issues on some Android partner devices we are not yet at encryption by default on every new Lollipop device. That said, our new Nexus devices are encrypted by default and Android users (Jelly Bean and above) have the option to encrypt the data on their devices in Settings > Security > Encryption. We remain firmly committed to encryption because it helps keep users safe and secure on the web."
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