Good things just can’t stop making their way to OnePlus One owners, right from the end of Cyanogen issue few week ago and now it has garnered the TWRP support. The latest build of TWRP has started supporting the native Qualcomm encryption on the phone.
Now, for all those wondering what is TWRP? The abbreviation in full form means, Team Win Recovery Project. It is an open-source recovery image for the devices running Android OS. It offers touch-enabled interface that enables users to install third-party firmwares and backup on the current system, such support is often not available on stock recoveries.
TWRP developer, Ethan Yonker (Dees Troy) took to Google+ to announce that Qualcomm encryption delivers enhanced performance on the devices when compared to the stock Android encryption. The developer says that TWRP encryption addition makes the custom recovery platform better.
The recent build for OnePlus supports the decryption of CM11, CM12, CM12.1, as well as Oxygen OS. But there is a whole lot of stuff that you need to know before trying it out. As Yonker has explained in his post, If you didn’t encrypt using CM 12.0 nightly on or after 16th of January 2015, you probably aren’t getting the performance benefits of Qualcomm’s encryption. It also appears that the Oxygen OS team did not add support for Qualcomm encryption. If performance matters to you but you need to be encrypted, then I’d suggest sticking with CM.
The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is apparently turning towards the native Qualcomm encryption because it speeds up the read-write performance. This also means that we might soon witness Google and other manufacturers using such encryptions for their forthcoming devices. Qualcomm already serves a major chunk of mobile phone manufacturers, which makes the whole idea easier to execute.
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