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Android 11 to limit third-party camera apps, Google citing location spying concern

Android 11 will usher in a change in the way apps access the camera. Google claims it's a way to protect user data, but it could hurt third-party camera developers. On August 17, the Android engineering team explained in a bug post that Android 11 would force apps to take photos or videos with a phone's built-in camera app, even if users set a third-party option as their default camera. At the time, the team said they believed it was the "right trade-off to protect the privacy and security of our users." Additionally, the team said that apps that use the camera should explicitly name all third-party camera apps they want to support. Google has now offered a reason for the change: to prevent bad actors from collecting location dat...