Google plans to add support for encrypted files to Drive for Android
"You'll be able to open encrypted files soon" is one of the most interesting strings of the bunch. It suggests that Drive users on Android will be able to open encrypted files directly in the app. There’s the “Upcoming feature” string, along with “Download and decrypt”, which pretty much speak for themselves.
The Android developer and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi shares more details about the upcoming feature on Twitter. It seems that Google will even allow users to encrypt documents saved on their device by flipping a toggle in the settings of the Drive app. Enabling encryption will erase all copies of the aforementioned documents on the phone, though.
Let's give some more details about it #Google will allow to encrypt documents saved on your device (namely documents marked to be available offline)— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) November 10, 2020
Changing this settings will erase all copies already downloaded. https://t.co/tizh8OSserpic.twitter.com/58GJjX7y2q
The strings of code, found by the XDA guys, were buried in the Drive app version v22.214.171.124.06.40. There’s no information about the potential rollout of this feature, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Your move, Google.