Android P feature leaks: How is it a boon for end users?

  • Android P feature leaks: How is it a boon for end users?

Android P feature leaks: How is it a boon for end users?

UIDs are unique to each app and it will never change as long as it's installed on the user's phone. According a rumor that comes via XDA Developers, a recent commit on Android Open Source Project appears to indicate that Android P could implement a rule that would prevent background apps from accessing the camera. Android P's new policy would render those features useless. Many smartphones are yet to receive Android Oreo update, but that doesn't stop the flow of Android P feature leaks and the latest one is going to make a lot of users happy. A new report focuses on a key security highlight of the OS which will prevent malicious apps from eavesdropping on users through the camera or microphone.

Android P is expected to be announced during the Google I/O conference later this year, with little other information about it now available. Back in 2014, Android developer Szymon Sidor demonstrated how an app can take photos and record videos by cleverly manipulating Android's camera permissions.

Now it is ensured that Android P will detect when User ID is idle or when an app is working in the background after some amount of time.

With Android P, it looks like Google has figured out a way to natively block background apps from accessing the mic and the camera.

Technically, any application that you might have granted access to camera or microphone can run in background and record anything. As pointed out by Android Police, Google added a feature in Android Oreo a year ago that is able to send notifications to users that informs them that an "app is running in the background".

The new feature is also a boon for users who are concerned about online privacy. For instance, an anti-theft app starts recording or snapping images of perpetrators without alerting them.

What Else Do We Know About Android P? The operating system is also said to tightly integrate Google Assistant, and offer improvements in key areas such as battery life on phones and support for new device form factors including multiple screens and foldable displays. This year won't be any different.