[Android N Feature Spotlight] Direct Boot Could Keep Your Encrypted Phone Functional After An Unpredicted Reboot

[Android N Feature Spotlight] Direct Boot Could Keep Your Encrypted Phone Functional After An Unpredicted Reboot

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Sometimes phones spontaneously reboot. The issue is not too large an offer, unless of course your phone is encrypted. Then your phone sits, not implementing calls, not pulling lower email, and wasting battery existence because it waits to decrypt.

In Android N, Bing is making the knowledge less painful. Whenever a device reboots by itself, you’ll retain the opportunity to receive telephone calls. Email clients, instant messengers, along with other apps will provide notifications. Alarms goes off each morning. In a nutshell, your phone continuously do its job.

This really is because of new functionality referred to as direct boot, which supplies apps having the ability to perform limited tasks inside a restricted mode. This is accomplished using Android N’s file-based file encryption, which helps direct boot to create fine grained file encryption policies for system and application data.

To benefit from this selection, developers desire to make their apps broadcast a LOCKED_BOOT_COMPLETED intent and see which data is deserving of unencrypted. Android will monitor of these apps, make the required data available before a tool will get unlocked. Other data remains encrypted and unaccessible until a person unlocks their device.

The Droidcon video below breaks lower this selection for developers who would like their apps to experience along nicely.

Once Android N starts moving to devices, more users may really awaken and go out promptly. Meanwhile, developers throughout will begin missing individuals nights they rested not aware of the number of work-related emails arrived at 2 AM.


  1. Simon Belmont says:

    Oh, God, this! I really, REALLY wish that the Search app could filter according to time frames like Chrome does.
    That’s precisely why I end up jumping over to Chrome to filter. Also, it’d be really nice if it gave me the option to open regular or incognito mode from Search (long press function, perhaps)!

  2. Bikram Agarwal says:

    So, are these a violation –
    1. Share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+
    2. Latest ico1 added for Room 2, Flappy Bird, ….
    3. This skin pack contai1 widget ski1 for Facebook, i1tagram, Vine….
    How is a developer supposed to highlight that his app supports those features or what components his app has?
    In my opinion – Banning texts like “From the make1 of…” is going too far. That’s used in all sorts of product marketing, not only apps.

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