Android 11 is bringing with its lots of new features like chat bubbles, a dedicated Conversations section in your notification shade, and quick access to smart home controls in the power menu. Today we're learning about another change to Android 11 that may not be as popular as some others.
With the update to Android 11, you'll no longer be able to use the camera picker for other apps that need to take a photo. Google confirmed the change in its official issue tracker (via 9to5Google). This means that Android 11 will automatically push you to your phone's preinstalled camera app when you're using an app that needs a photo but doesn't have its own camera built in.
However, apps with their own built-in camera like Instagram and Twitter will still be able to use their own camera rather than punting you to the phone's built-in camera app. You should also be able to still use hardware shortcuts to select a different default camera app, too.
Google explains that it's making this change because it believes it to be "the right trade-off to protect the privacy and security of our users."
Some folks are likely to be frustrated about this change because one of the highlight features of Android is being able to choose your own default apps for things like your browser, camera, and email. The camera app can be used to capture personal things and moments, though, and it's possible that a malicious camera app could be used to take images from people unknowingly. And so this move helps to protect users' privacy.
Android 11 is expected to launch on September 8.