Take that, spooks! Android 9.0 P to block mic access for idle apps, too

Android 8.0 Oreo is already on a next level when it comes to managing background apps, permissions, or idle resources, but the next, Android 9.0 P version that will be announced at Google's I/O event in May, will go even further, it seems.

While Android Open Source Project code revealed yesterday that Google is planning to restrict random idle apps from accessing your camera in the background in its next Android versions, something even more sinister will also be cut off from the realm of possibility. 

Yes, we are talking about sound recording. Android P will eventually be able to block background applications from accessing both your front or rear cameras, as well as your phone's mics, for a complete blackout when you are not using those tattletales, as it should be. Take that, NSA!

source: XDA



1. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Should have been there since Android 6.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Idle background apps, except Google Assistant obviously..

3. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

should have been offered as a permission rather than straight denial.

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

well... it begins... they are locking down the system in the name of security

10. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Who needs security right?

11. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

lol everyone... but if someone were to target me... man their reward wouldn't be very high


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

What? It was not there? W10M can set permissions for all apps individual.

5. rubertus

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

... you missed the post point clearly. You can set individual permissions for apps in Android for a while now. This is taking it a step further. Even though you allow app A to use your camera, it shouldn't be using it when on idle mode, taking images without consent, or recording audio without consent or your knowledge.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Nothing to worry about. There will be plenty of users left on older versions (not by their choice, of course) which you can spy to your heart's desire.

8. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

sad for flagship android phones that never smells oreo. a trash bin near you, and buy the overpriced latest phone

9. someguy2261

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Spooks,, LOL hey are we talking about a certain group of people

12. thedizzle

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

I was wondering if someone else noticed that lol. Poor choice of word imo xD

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