Google Now Requires Full Device Encryption on New Android 6.0 Devices

Android-lockFollowing Apple’s lead with the iPhone, Google has decided to mandate full device encryption for Android 5.0 phones and tablets with Android 6.0. New phones shipping with Android 6.0 Marshmallow software and meeting a certain performance standard must be encrypted by default.

Older devices that get upgraded to Android 6.0 in the future will be exempted, according to Google: “If a device implementation is already launched on an earlier Android version with full-disk encryption disabled by default, such a device cannot meet the requirement through a system software update and thus MAY be exempted.”

A rather lengthy and technical definition may be found in the Android Compatibility Definition at https://goo.gl/QWX06q. A shorter and easier-to-read article may be found at http://goo.gl/77ozu8.

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