Android users may want to read this closely. There’s a new mobile chipset hitting the tech scene that may make your seemingly innocent smartphone a bit of a privacy scare.
Qualcomm recently announced its new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and it’s set to power the next generation of Android smartphones in coming years.
Qualcomm typically announces its newest system-on-a-chip this time of year, so it’s no surprise that the tech company finally revealed what will power the latest smartphones. The new processor will likely show up early next year.
If you’re a loyal Android user, here’s more about this processor and what security issues to consider.
What Is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Processor?
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor is an advanced 5G mobile processor that supports all-day power and fast speeds up to 10 Gbps. It includes leading Wi-Fi 6 and 6E with multi-gig rates and allows multiple devices on one network.
Qualcomm promises some major improvements with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, including:
- Better performance
- Camera technology
- AI capabilities
While security may be improved, there are some privacy concerns. Some experts say the new chipset may present security issues for Android smartphone users.
Potential Privacy and Security Issues With the Processor
Judd Heape, vice president of product management at Qualcomm, was recently quoted saying, “Your phone’s front camera is always securely looking for your face, even if you don’t touch it or raise to wake it.”
Essentially, Heape says that the front-facing camera on phones equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor will always be on. While some may find this feature to be next level, others are worried it will pose privacy issues.
Qualcomm sees the feature as the beginning of new use cases, like unlocking your phone without having to pick it up. If you’re making a new recipe and your hands get messy, the always-on feature does come in handy.
However, for the average consumer with a basic sense of security, the idea of your phone’s camera being always-on is quite…