With a recent New York Times (NYT) report revealing that Google's increasingly popular Android platform can be exploited by fake application developers in order to obtain the personal photos of the Android-device users, it is essential that Google fixes the issue because it apparently defies the core principle of the Android design.
The issue pertaining to Android images cane to the fore on Thursday when a NYT report disclosed that Android allows app developers to access the personal photos of users of Android-based smartphones without permission.
The revelation came close on the heels of NYT's earlier this week report which said that bogus app developers for the iOS devices can access as well as upload the pictures stored by the iPhone users by merely asking them to share their location with the app.
About the Android's image issue, Google explained that the photos file system on the Android was originally designed on the lines of other computing platforms such as Microsoft's Windows and Apple's Mac OS. The company further added that since initially the images were stored on a SD card, it was fairly easy for users to remove the SD card from a handset and insert it into a computer for viewing or transferring those pictures.
Noting that smartphones and tablets in the present day have evolved to such an extent that there is increased use of on-board, nonremovable memory, Google said that it intends fixing the Android's image problem by mulling the possibility of "adding a permission for apps to access images."