Android P – no photos or videos taken without your knowledge, Google will block access to the camera!

Android P, the next Google OS, will not allow applications to take photos or videos without your knowledge. Google will block access to the camera! A boon for privacy, but also for the autonomy of smartphones. Google would be working on such a feature for the next major version of Android, based on the interpretation of lines of code found in the Android Open Source Project.

Android P, which could be called Android Pie with reference to Pi, will further improve the security of its users through a feature revealed by XDA. In a commit of the Open Source Android project, a new rule regarding the use of the smartphone camera has appeared. A feature that stands as continuity of Google’s work on access to components of smartphones, after Marshmallow and Oreo. Thus, no photo or video can be taken without your knowledge!

Android P: access to the camera blocked for inactive applications

Thanks to the open source nature of Android, it is possible to discover as new features of the next Google OS. We know for example that Android P will record calls or that operators can hide the strength of the network signal with Android P. A commit reveals that access to the camera may be blocked by the Google OS when the request will come from an application considered inactive or running in the background

An evolution that will greatly limit the possibilities of malicious applications that run in the background. Indeed, to capture images, the application will appear in the foreground and will be reported to the user! Continuity after Marshmallow that already favored access to the applications in the foreground and visible to the user. And after Android Oreo, already available for a list of smartphones, which displays a notification to the user when an application is running.

Thus, when Android P detects that an inactive application is trying to access the smartphone’s camera, it will generate an internal error and block access. It is therefore a boon in the protection of privacy, but also for the autonomy of smartphones.

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