Android P to stop apps tracking and gathering data on users


Google this week took the wraps off Android P, the next version of its mobile operating system.

Due for release later this year, Android P is set to be the most secure version of Android yet.

One of the biggest pluses for users is that with Android P, Google will crackdown on companies and services that harvest data from users via apps.

For the first time, Android P will stop apps gathering information on users such as location, network data and access to cameras and microphones whenever the app is not in use or is in the background.

The move comes as surprised Android users recently learned that their current operating system has been allowing apps to track their network activity by studying their TCP/UDP connections, which indicates servers they have accessed.

This will all soon change as Google with the greater restrictions in the upcoming Android P software.

On the current Android O apps are unable to see your network activity content, however, they can detect when you are connected to an external server. This is achieved as users are not asked to give permission which allows the app to unrestricted access your activity.

According to XDA Developers the upcoming fix will likely mean that apps will be blocked from monitoring your network activity apart from VPN apps. But what is unclear is if this update will cover earlier
versions on Android OS or just the new Android P.

The new security update is just one of a whole host of features to be included with Android P.

Earlier this week it was announced that Android P will have a redesigned notification bar, eliminating the back, home and recent apps buttons at the bottom of the phone, instead they will be replaced by a single home button.

Google will also introduce new gesture controls for Android that function similarly to the iPhone X with you swiping through apps.

A new gesture control is likely be a way for Google to embrace the notch and edge-to-edge smartphone displays.


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