Android 11 will be much less flexible on the choice of camera application. In the next version of the OS, Google has decided to force the us...
Android 11 will be much less flexible on the choice of camera application. In the next version of the OS, Google has decided to force the use of the default camera in applications whose features are related to taking pictures or videos.
The first new features of Android 11 were announced last February. New features have been gradually added throughout the different betas. While the stable version of Android 11 is almost complete, we're starting to get a clear idea of what the system will look like in its final version. Experts have just spotted a change that should make many people unhappy.
Android 11: no more camera choice in third-party applications
This change affects the way third-party applications use the camera on Android 11. Suppose you want to take a picture directly of an item for sale on a retail application. Since the application is not designed for taking pictures, the developer may choose to assign this task to an appropriate application. An Android window then invites you to choose from a list of camera applications installed on your smartphone, because not everyone prefers the manufacturer's default application.
Google has decided to put an end to this freedom. Users will no longer be able to choose the camera application of their choice. Instead, the system will force the use of the default built-in camera. In a message posted on the Google Issue Tracker, a Google developer explains that this change is intended to protect the privacy of users. "We think this is the right compromise to protect the privacy and security of our users.
We do not have more details on the specific risks that this new choice allows us to avoid. Perhaps it is to prevent some users from being led to define a malicious camera application that is used to spy on them. In any case, this change further reduces the flexibility of Android, whose popularity is largely due to its openness. But more and more features are being sacrificed on the altar of user security.