It was revealed earlier this week that the access of background applications to a device’s camera and microphone will be blocked in the next major version of the Android OS.

Developers said that in Android P, an idle UID will not be allowed to use the camera or the microphone to protect the user’s privacy. These limitations were necessary to avoid abuse by malware or spyware products. It was noted, however, that it took the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) a while to implement the changes.

Users and developers will be able to try out Android P this coming May. Google’s beta builds may come as early as the summer, while stable versions may be released sometime August or September.

Source: Bleeping Computer

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