Google launches encryption for lower-powered phones


In February 2019 Google engineers announced that they had created faster, more efficient encryption system that could function on less-expensive Android phones that were too low-powered to implement existing full-device encryption. The scheme, known as Adiantum, uses established and well-vetted encryption tools and principles. Android has required smartphones to support encryption since 2015's version 6, but low-end devices were exempt because of the performance hit. It will now be up to device manufacturers to implement the new system. Internet of Things devices are still exempt.

Writer: Lily Hay Newman
Publication: Wired