The idea of your smartphone‘s camera being hacked into and used in a method to spy on you is sometimes hard to believe. But Google is attempting to sort the issue out with its upcoming Android P. Extracts of code that have been recently discovered online indicate how the unreleased operating system version will be preventing apps from using neither the microphone or camera of a smartphone when idle.
How will you know? Well, if an inactive app attempts to access your camera, Android P will block it off and show you an error message just to clarify what had happened. In terms of the microphone access, Android P will allow recording of audio, however, it will report any empty data to you until the app is active again. This shouldn’t be of much concern as genuine software such as voice chatting apps or telephone calls that stay active while you are using the smartphone will have the green light, but any sort of malware will not be given a chance.
Android P is yet to be even announced by Google, so all of this can be marked as speculation for now. Developers and engineers are determined to ensure this new aspect of the upcoming Android version makes the cut as it is, to be fair, a pretty reasonable method to ensure users’ privacy is protected – on the other hand, it would be interesting to see the possible ways that those on the dark side could find loopholes and ways of overcoming the security in place.
It just goes to show that there is still a lot of work to come, including the announcement of what version “P” stands for. What do you think Google should name its next Android version?
Via: | Engadget |
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