Google wants all Android users to use a virtual private network VPN, and with Android 12 this may be the case
With Android 11, Google has taken several steps forward to increase the security and privacy of its users, but with Android 12 it will do much more: the next Mountain View mobile operating system will integrate support, at the kernel level, for the protocol. WireGuard VPN.
This is the first step, which will certainly be followed by others, so that on the next generation Android smartphones can run VPN apps capable of protecting the device up to the heart of the operating system. The next step will be to develop the APIs, that is the interfaces for programmers, through which apps will be able to manage this function. It is not an easy job, and it is quite delicate, but Google has plenty of time to do it before presenting Android 12. The next operating system of the green robot, in fact, will not arrive before August 2021 .
What is WireGuard VPN?
WireGuard VPN is an open source protocol, therefore free from copyright and can be improved by anyone who has the capacity, which aims to simplify and speed up data encryption.
According to many experts it is the VPN protocol of the future and Google’s endorsement would suggest that this is the case. It must be said, however, that WireGuard is a very young protocol and that it has only been used commercially since 2018.
What is a VPN and why it matters on Android
WireGuard, therefore, is a protocol used to create VPNs. That is Virtual Private Network , virtual private networks. A VPN is a private network that runs on secure servers, where data is encrypted and the IP address of connected devices is disguised.
Those who surf through a VPN, therefore, are much more difficult to track and, even if a hacker manages to implement a “man in the middle” attack (that is, he manages to sneak into communication between two devices and read the data that is being swapping), the only thing it can steal is a handful of encrypted data. Therefore illegible.
There are already tons of VPN apps for Android and some of them already use the WireGuard protocol. What changes, then, with the integration of WireGuard at the kernel level?
The kernel is the heart of the operating system , the only part of it that can access hardware resources such as the processor and memory. Above the kernel are other layers of software up to the user interface.
The integration of the open source VPN protocol at the kernel level makes it easier for developers to propose their apps and services on Android. But that’s not all: data encryption is much faster and even more secure.