With its next major version of Android, Google will prevent applications from using the microphone or camera of their smartphone when they are in the background and are not actively used on the screen. The measure is another attempt to block consumer privacy and eliminate any kind of paranoia about Facebook or other applications that secretly listen to their conversations and publish relevant ads. I'm sorry, conspiracy theorists.
Android O has already taken steps to make it more apparent every time that applications requested microphone and camera permissions, and Google continues to reinforce those efforts with P. "To better guarantee privacy, Android P restricts access to the microphone, the camera and all SensorManager sensors that are inactive, "Google announced in today's blog post in the update.
"While the UID of your application is inactive, the microphone reports empty audio and the sensors stop reporting events.The cameras used by your application are disconnected and will generate an error if the application tries to use them.In most cases, these Restrictions should not introduce new problems for existing applications, but we recommend removing these requests from your applications. "(A UID is the unique identifier given to each application when you install it.) There are likely to be exceptions to this new protection. Privacy; Would not you like a microphone application to support recording in the background? But the vast majority of Android applications will lose all the ability to sniff when they are inactive.
The first preview for developers of Android P is released today, but Google urges Android enthusiasts to avoid installing this initial version on their personal devices; he just is not ready for that yet. So far, the changes include built-in support for devices with a camera notch that cuts those cuts on the screen, a redesigned panel of Quick Configurations and a renewed appearance throughout the system, support for native HEIF images and more.
Even before Google made it official, XDA developers noticed the change in a commitment to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).