Google is all set to make a new change with Android 11 model. The change is going to force apps that want to take photos or video; to use the phone’s in-built camera app. Even if you have made a different camera app, like OpenCamera, for your default choice for photos then; too this change is going to be applicable.
The Android engineering team stated on 17th August that “We believe its right trade-off to protect the privacy and security of our users.” It also added that all the apps that would need to use the camera will need to specifically name each and every third-party camera app they would like to support. The reason that Google gives for making this change is to prevent some bad actors from knowing their user’s location.
You don’t need to panic about this as this is not going to be a drastic or some problematic change. Many camera features will still work exactly the way they used to earlier. It also highlights the way the camera works on the iPhone. When we look at Apple then the company allowed the alternative third-party app defaults this year only that too are only for email and browser apps.
Though, this is going to cause a problem for all the third-party camera apps developers. Two of the most popular third-party camera apps have mentioned that this step by Google is a shame. Obviously, as for them, it is going to affect their business badly. To understand things in a bit better and simple way let’s look at some of the summed up points:
- You will still be able to open a third-party camera app and use it directly by tapping its icon on your home screen.
- You will still be able to take pictures with the camera built into popular apps like Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram.
- You will still be able to double-tap your power button to launch the camera app of your choice as confirmed by Google.
- Apps will still be able to launch the camera app of your choice. The only thing here is they won’t be able to import any photos or videos that way.
So if you are wondering that what is exactly changing then to keep it very simple if a third-party camera app want to use your camera app then; instead of baking in a camera app of their own they will go straight to your phone’s built-in camera app. The point is that you won’t be able to choose them; it is your phone that is going to control it.