Now that Android 4.0 offers a keychain API, address space layout randomization (ASLR) and full device encryption for phones, I’m really hoping that Android phone manufacturers will start taking data/privacy protection issues seriously and offer something as good as what’s available on a BlackBerry.

It’s not just enterprises that need it. We store more and more information on smartphones and their associated cloud services and this data needs to be protected when at rest. Wiping a device after the device is lost or stolen is not enough. The first thing a thief does is to chuck the SIM card out.

iOS gets a mention for trying, but still fails and Android’s security model has been appalling thus far… so let’s hope 2012 will bring a much needed change.

Here is a list of all the new features of Android 4.0:

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