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Is smartphone camera a privacy nightmare?

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the next top SoC from Qualcomm is ready for the new top-class Android phones. In addition to more performance, it brings a feature that will raise concerns among many customers: Your smartphone can keep an eye on you around the clock. The new top chip for Android phones always leaves the camera on We already know an always-on display, usually a really practical thing. But it looks different with an always-on camera, as will be made possible by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In particular, the front cameras of smartphones in which the new SoC is used should be permanently switched on and observe the surroundings. Qualcomm markets this as an additional data protection feature. For example, the permanently switched-on camera could recognize when someone is reading over the shoulder of the actual owner and then lock the screen. Of course, unlocking by the camera should also work if the owner is in front of it, even without even picking up the phone. It is made