Android P will prevent idle apps from recording using device's microphone

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It may stick around "for a few months", which is how long Google reckons it will take to fold P2P payments into Google Pay. The New York Times found a year ago that over 250 apps for Android are tracking users via the devices' microphones and cameras for ad purposes.

Google Android's next-in-line operating system (OS), Android P, will reportedly prevent background apps from accessing a device's camera and microphone. This allows users to make payments in real-world stores wherever they have the option to make purchases at NFC-enabled tills, or at contactless travel ports such as London's TfL network. The app for the same will be available from Google Play Store and will essentially serve as the amalgamation of Google Wallet and Android Pay. The Cards tab, where users store their credit cards, as well loyalty programs, has also been given a fresh coat of paint. If you're unsure about what Google Pay is and how you can use it, here is a quick guide that takes you through the basics. If you are running and someone sends you to text the reply ("your name" is running right now) will be arranged by the app automatically, and you just need to tap the response to send it to them.

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The app is arranged in two parts- a "Home" tab and a "Cards" tab.

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According to Google, Tez has handled 140 million transactions in its first ten weeks and has more than 525,000 businesses signed on to accept payments.

The layout is very Google-y, which many of us will definitely appreciate. Hopefully, Android P will make this system better - when app permissions are usually a one-time deal and you can't do anything to prevent that app from abusing said permission.

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"With Google Pay, it'll be easier for Singaporeans to use the payment information saved to their Google Accounts, so they can speed through checkout with peace of mind". The redesign of Google Wallet is a good thing, especially since you will soon be able to request and send money using Google Pay once the integration happens.

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