Google’s upcoming Android P said to prevent idle ‘background apps’ from accessing camera: Report

Limits on camera access for background apps have long been under development

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Highlights

    • Android P will prevent idle apps from accessing the camera
    • The Android OS will generate error and limit camera access

Google’s latest Android OS version, Android Oreo is yet to hit devices in good numbers but that isn’t stopping the Mountain View company from working on its next major software. This year we will witness the company’s upcoming Android version, Android P which is said to be more refined and polished. Rumour-mill has spilt a few beans and now a new report suggests that the next major OS will prevent apps from accessing the camera.

According to a report from XDA developers, Android P will avert idle background apps from accessing the camera. The folks were able to dig it from Android Open Source Project (AOSP) commit ‘new rule-sets’. The report notes that this feature will prevent ‘malicious apps’ from taking photos saved on the device when the screen is off.

XDA cites that the rule will change target apps’ User IDs (UIDs) that Android will assign each time you install an app on your phone. The unique UID won’t change till the app remains on your device. Interestingly, Android P will limit background app’s camera access whenever it finds UID of a certain app idle.

Image Credit: XDA Developers
Image Credit: XDA Developers

In the upcoming operating system, when the ‘camera service’ detects a UID to be bootless and ‘background apps’ access to CPU & network-intensive services is restricted’, Android P will generate an error and restrain access to the camera. Limits on camera access for background apps have long been under development. But with such implementation, perhaps users will now be able to save their precious pictures that likely have a chance of being misused by simply manipulating the Android camera’s permissions.

Reports previously mentioned that Android P will support devices with notches and even phones with a flexible display. XDA earlier claimed that the next Android OS will allow carrier to hide signal strength and illustrate how they are displayed in the status bar. Further, the next Android OS is said to integrate Google Assistant better, improve battery life and allow developers to use the Assistant’s voice command in their respective apps.