Google is working on a new feature for its next version of Android aimed at allaying fears about hackers taking over a smartphone’s camera.
The function will stop third-party developers from being able to record video or take picture without a user’s knowledge.
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While a niche concern for many, privacy campaigners have long feared that malware could take over a smartphone’s camera and record private material which could then be used to access personal information.
Additionally, Google is said to be looking to do the same thing with smartphone microphones, the security of which being something that also concerns industry insiders.
The features will form part of Android P, Google’s next major update to its mobile operating system, according to developers who have found source code mentioning the plans. Android P is not due to launch until late summer and even then it’s only likely to work on Google’s Pixel phones.
Recent rumours have suggested Android P will come with hundreds of new emoji, as well as an overhauled home screen designed to look cleaner, in a bid to entice iPhone owners to switch.