Hackers and nefarious developers can access your camera and do all kinds of unspeakable things with it. It’s kind of scary when you think about it. Mark Zuckerberg ALWAYS has tape over his computer’s webcam, and he owns the internet basically. So, yeah…
Snooping is a real thing, and you need to be careful. With Android P, Google is taking more measures to make its platform more secure. According to leaked information, via XDA, Android P will feature code that will block background apps from accessing the handset’s camera.
“The rule will be applied to apps’ User IDs (UID),” notes Android Police, “which are unique identifiers that Android associates to each application when it’s installed. Whenever a UID becomes idle — like when a device goes into Doze mode — Android will block off its access to the camera.”
Google has taken measures in the past to sure up Android’s security credentials by adding in notifications for multiple scenarios, but these were not popular with users. Most people just ignored them, so Google’s decision to block access natively in Android P makes sense.
It will all happen in the background with you having to look at or do anything. This process will make the phone more secure, though it is kind of the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Android’s security flaws, which has been under scrutiny for a good long while now.
Still, at least Google is taking direct measures to ensure those core elements of your phone are safe and secure. I mean, no one wants their phone’s camera getting accessed by potential scammers – the fallout could be truly horrifying.
Android P gets a launch later this year. Check out everything else that’s known about Android P ahead of Google’s I/O 2018.