- Android 11 is removing the camera picker, so third-party apps will normally have to use the built-in camera app.
- Google says itâ€™s in the name of protecting privacy and security.
- Developers will have to manually add third-party camera links for them to work.
If youâ€™re used to relying on a third-party camera app (or unofficial ports of Googleâ€™s camera app) to snap photos for other third-party apps, youâ€™ll be in for a not-so-pleasant surprise when Android 11 arrives.
AsÂ Android Police reports, Google has confirmed that itâ€™s dropping the camera picker for third-party apps in the next Android release. Android 11 users will have to rely on the â€œpre-installed system camera appâ€� whenever a program asks to capture a photo or video. Developers who want to allow third-party cameras will have to explicitly specify alternative apps or their components.
Google explained the move as a bid to â€œprotect the privacy and security of our users.â€� An attacker could theoretically install a malicious camera app on your phone and invoke it to steal photos or other sensitive info from your apps.
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Itâ€™s not necessarily a dramatic setback. You can usually switch to your preferred app, take a picture, and share it from your photo gallery. Thatâ€™s still more involved than simply setting a preferred camera app, though, and there may be some circumstances where switching isnâ€™t an option. If your phoneâ€™s default camera app is sub-par, you may have no choice but to capture mediocre images.
This might also be an unwelcome change if youâ€™re a veteran Android user. From the start, Android has revolved around flexibility in the apps you use â€” being forced to use an app in certain situations could feel like a step backward. Google is in a difficult spot where it has to balance mounting security threats against convenience, and thatâ€™s bound to cause grief for some users.