Having a terminal with encrypted information is very beneficial, since it allows you to be sure that it does not fall into the wrong hands -in the event that the device is lost or stolen. The reason is none other than the inclusion of a security key that, if it is not available, it is not possible to see its content and, neither, to manipulate it. Well, in Android N a new functionality is included that allows optimizing the use of the protection we are talking about.
It is specifically called Direct Boot, and comes to solve a problem that occurs if a terminal with Google’s operating system is encrypted: spontaneous reboots. If this happens and the aforementioned protection is active, until the corresponding key is entered, the device does not work normally. Therefore, calls or messages cannot be received and, obviously, the alarms do not sound (and surely more than one uses their phone for this purpose).
Well, with the use of Direct Boot in Android N, this will not be the case. The reason is that Google has developed a system of restricted use that allows certain applications to have basic functionalities. In this way, calls can be received, emails will be notified and, luckily, the set alarms will perform their function without problems. Quite a success, really.
Without losing protection
This is a very important detail, since the inclusion of Direct Boot does not imply the loss of security in any case, and the level of protection is the same as before. So it seems that the use of encryption has one more reason to be used, especially for those with sensitive information inside your terminal … And, yes, as long as you can use Android N (the list of models that will be updated remains to be seen).
An important detail is that Google has already provided developers with the specific string that their jobs must include if they want to be compatible with the functionality we are talking about (LOCKED_BOOT_COMPLETED). In it, it is even possible to provide what data is those that must be managed without encryption, so the terminal with Android N knows perfectly what is possible to use without the password being entered. What do you think of this novelty that comes in the latest iteration of Google’s operating system?