Google Touts Encryption
Google Touts Encryption Support On New Pixel Android Phones
The default encryption on the new devices ensures strong data protection, company says.Google's recently released Android Nougat-powered Pixel smartphones offer a whole new level of data protection because of their built in encryption capabilities, the company said this week.In a blog post Google senior software engineers Paul Crowley and Paul Lawrence said the new data security capabilities made Pixel and Pixel XL better, faster and stronger than the company's previous smartphone models.As one example, the two engineers pointed to the new file based encryption (FBE) support available on Pixel phones. Unlike full-disk encryption, FBE enables different files to be encrypted with different keys so each file can be opened independently of the others. File level encryption also enables data to be separated into a device-encrypted group and a credential-encrypted group, Crowley and Lawrence said.In addition, FBE enables a so-called Direct Boot capability in Android 7.0 Nougat that allows an encrypted phone to boot directly to the lock-screen, according to a Google description of the technology.