Gadgets

Third-party camera apps will be banned in Android 11


Innovation of the development team from Google,making changes to the work with the camera, due to the corporation's concern for user privacy, the fight against unauthorized receipt of confidential data and the elimination of the possibility of spying on the owner of devices. After the introduction of the Android 11 OS, only standard camera applications preinstalled on the device will be available for shooting photos and videos through third-party applications.

Meanwhile, for most usersinnovations can go unnoticed as they can work seamlessly with extraneous camera applications such as OpenCamera. To call the application, you will need to access it through the program icon. And only when a third-party application requires access to the camera, the user's options will be limited by the application pre-installed by the manufacturer. Apps that have a built-in shooting function, such as Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, will still be able to take photos.

According to the developers, such a compromiseis optimal for protecting the privacy and safety of users. An updated developer guide explains the reasons for the restrictions. According to Google, applications that request photos for unauthorized tracking of the user by obtaining a geotag with GPS coordinates assigned to photos taken in separate applications are causing concern. Therefore, an application that is not related to the operation of cameras will be able to call the camera application and receive data even if the user did not give permission to determine his location.

Despite a slight change forusers, the new rules threaten camera application developers with negative business consequences, turning them from development to second-class software. The announcement was made by developers of industry-leading camera applications.

The developers also saidthe assumption that Google's innovation is completely meaningless and only expands the already large list of restrictions imposed by manufacturers on application developers. As an example, it is indicated that, for example, Samsung is extremely reluctant and rarely allows full access for third-party applications to the hardware resources of smartphones.

Source: theverge