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January 5, 2013


What is the use of entropy (`/dev/random/) in android?


I read this blog post over here.

The post says that Chrome, map application uses


. I wonder why they use them. Is that


generates random numbers with the help of hardware?

Is this the case only in android or it happens to be in linux os too?

Thanks in advance.



You should check this other XDA article.

They say that


is not used by most of the applications and that the performance gains are probably due to boosting of the CPU speed.

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