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Google releases first Android P preview
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-03-11 22:07:02

Google has released the first preview for Android P - again, apologies for the late coverage - and it contains some interesting improvements. Here's a few things that jumped out at me:

To better ensure privacy, Android P restricts access to mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors from apps that are idle. While your app's UID is idle, the mic reports empty audio and sensors stop reporting events. Cameras used by your app are disconnected and will generate an error if the app tries to use them. In most cases, these restrictions should not introduce new issues for existing apps, but we recommend removing these requests from your apps.

This is a very good move, and I doubt anyone will have any objections.

In line with these changes, Android P will warn users with a dialog when they install an app that targets a platform earlier than Android 4.2 (targetSdkVersion less than 17), and future platform versions will continue to increment that lower bound.

Expect scary warning dialogs when installing older applications. This should encourage developers to update their applications as users complain in the review sections of the Play Store. Hopefully.

You can now access streams simultaneously from two or more physical cameras on devices running Android P. On devices with either dual-front or dual-back cameras, you can create innovative features not possible with just a single camera, such as seamless zoom, bokeh, and stereo vision. The API also lets you call a logical or fused camera stream that automatically switches between two or more cameras.

Definitely neat.

There's a lot more stuff in this preview release, and more features will certainly follow over the coming months.

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Bummer about the cam features
By Kancept on 2018-03-12 17:27:43
Just got a Pixel 2 and it only has one cam in the rear, so bummer about all the extra cool camera features coming down the pipe.
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RE: Mic and backround apps
By darknexus on 2018-03-12 18:23:52
I had a different, though related, question: does this mean that I wouldn't be able to be on a VOIP call while I'm doing other tasks, e.g. WhatsApp calling? I'd hope not, since that's an explicitly authorized microphone use that I allowed before putting the app in the background, but you never know these days.
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RE[2]: OS Updates
By sj87 on 2018-03-12 18:56:46
Especially the tablet market suffers of outdated Android releases. I don't think Huawei has even manufactured a single tablet with Android 8 / Oreo yet. All their products ship with Android 7 series or even Android 6. No doubt some shops will have Android 5 -powered crap in stock aswell.

But this problem is not restricted to Huawei, it's only them that came to my mind since back in the day they did release a couple tablets powered by Android 5.1 nearly a year after Android 6.0 had been released.

Edited 2018-03-12 18:57 UTC
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RE[2]: Mic and backround apps
By Alfman on 2018-03-12 19:12:07
> I had a different, though related, question: does this mean that I wouldn't be able to be on a VOIP call while I'm doing other tasks, e.g. WhatsApp calling? I'd hope not, since that's an explicitly authorized microphone use that I allowed before putting the app in the background, but you never know these days.

I do the same thing with video streaming. As with most things, I don't object to increasing privacy defaults as long as the users can override them as needed!
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Gingerbread
By Kochise on 2018-03-12 21:23:45
Will apps targeting gingerbread (api 9-10) will be blocked ? Because some simple apps don't need fancy notifications and material design.
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RE: Mic and backround apps
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2018-03-13 13:47:27
Key phrase "from apps that are idle".

That could mean lots of things.
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RE[3]: OS Updates
By darknexus on 2018-03-13 14:49:07
Well, to be fair, the Android tablet market in general has crashed pretty hard. A lack of decent tablet apps (no, phone apps blown up aren't good enough) seems to have utterly destroyed the demand for productivity-focused Android tablets. ChromeOS with Android app support seems to be the closest thing to it these days, unfortunately.
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RE: Gingerbread
By darknexus on 2018-03-13 14:51:28
I sure hope so. If a developer has left their app alone that long, it's basically abandonware and a security risk on an always-online device. Forget gingerbread. It's time to kill the last of it off and ditch the abandoned apps.
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RE[2]: Gingerbread
By Alfman on 2018-03-13 20:59:26
darknexus,

> I sure hope so. If a developer has left their app alone that long, it's basically abandonware and a security risk on an always-online device. Forget gingerbread. It's time to kill the last of it off and ditch the abandoned apps.

What makes you say it's a security risk? Technically it's about the same risk as more recent software you can download running under the same permissions.

Some apps are front ends for devices in my home. One is an internet radio that is no longer supported and will not receive any updates. This means that if google decides to block the apps I'll loose the smart phone functionality that I still use.
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How can fix iTunes unexpected error?
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