Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Dell Venue 8 7000 activates disk encryption by default


The Dell Venue 8 7000, one of the best Android tablets currently available, and also one of the best tablets in the world for mobile gaming, is now being updated to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. 

Compared to Android 4.4 KitKat, which is the Android version that the Dell Venue 8 7000 was launched with, Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a number of improvements both under and above the hood. At the visual level, you get a new interface based on Material Design principles, while also gaining access to lockscreen notifications, as well as a new multitasking screen. As far as performance goes, the 5.0 Lollipop is based on the new 64-bit ART runtime, which should help with overall app performance. Last but not least, Android 5.0 Lollipop also features a baked-in disk encryption feature.

The disk encryption feature is a great tool to have if you're planning on using your tablet for work purposes, but although the overall security of your device is improved, it's far from being a cure for all of Android's security weaknesses. Furthermore, since the operating system has to constantly encrypt and decrypt the data that it stores on the disk, the overall performance of the device is significantly deteriorated. 

Given the aspects mentioned above, it's a great thing that most Android device manufacturers give users the option to enable or disable disk encryption when upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer. Unfortunately, it looks like Dell decided to automatically turn on disk encryption when users update the Venue 8 7000 to 5.0 Lollipop. Some users have already expressed their dissatisfaction in regards to forcefully adopting a feature that can significantly impact the performance, and we can't say that they're not in their right to complain.

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4 Comments

1. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Disk encryption by default should only be done on 64-bit devices. The SD805 struggled with disk encryption, and that and the Exynos 5433 are the most powerful 32-bit SoC's (I know the 5433 is technically built on 64-bit architecture, but 64-bit is disabled at the SoC level.).

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Android 5.1 now has the Qualcomm's drivers for Qualcomm's hardware accelerated encryption So now the 805 or 801/800 handles encryption just fine

4. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Except that most devices on SD800/801/805 don't have 5.1!!!

2. bossthatruth

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

i just came from bestbuy and i updated theres to lollipop lol

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