Google will limit third-party camera applications for security reasons on the Android 11 operating system
Third-Party Camera Apps will be limited by Android 11 OS – A change is being made to Android 11 by Google that will force apps that want to take photos or videos to use the phone’s built-in camera app – even if a user has made a different camera app, like OpenCamera, a standard choice for photos.
According to the Android engineering team, it was the right choice to protect users’ privacy and security, which they wrote on August 17, adding that each third-party camera app needs to be named explicitly, which calls the camera and which would be supported. Google’s reason for doing so is to prevent the user’s location from being tracked by evildoers.
This change is not drastic, the features of many cameras will still be the same. In this way, it is mirrored how the camera works on the iPhone. Alternative standards for third-party applications are allowed this year by Apple only for email and browser applications.
According to the two most popular developers of the third-party camera app, who said in a report that this move from Google is a disgrace. Business can be affected when third-party applications are given a low priority, according to one of the developers.
To understand what is being changed, what remains the same needs to be explained.
- A third-party camera app can still be opened and used directly when the icon is tapped on the home screen.
- Photos can still be taken with cameras in popular apps like Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram.
- The power button can still be pressed twice (or similar shortcuts) to launch the camera application, based on the choice, which is confirmed by Google.
- The chosen camera application can still be started by the applications; photos and videos cannot be imported that way.
What’s changing: if the camera app needs to be used by Android apps – instead of roasting in its own camera app, it will be redirected to the phone’s built-in camera app instead of allowing the user to choose.
Now, the user’s location cannot be called home by the app. Its guidance was updated to developers by Google to explain what it is about, the company’s concern is with applications where photos can be requested so that the location can be tracked. When a photo is taken by a user: geotagging with the GPS coordinates, it occurs where the photo is taken by the user and that photo can be stolen by a non-camera application in a camera application, even if the location permission is not granted by the original application.
In 2019, GPS coordinates were collected from EXIF metadata by Shutterfly, for which it was accused and different tactics were tried by other apps to bypass