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[App] [7.0+] Access Dots - Android 12 / iOS 14 privacy indicators (Cam/Mic/GPS) for all!

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jagan2

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Download now from Google Play Store! If you like the App, please leave a review on Play Store! :)

Hey Guys! Developer of Energy Bar/Ring/Notch here! Just done developing a cool little App which basically ports the Android 12 / iOS 14's indicators for camera and microphone access, to Android, all the way down to Android 7.0! :D (Bonus: GPS Location access monitoring included.)

Did you know that once you grant access to your phone's camera/microphone/GPS location to any third-party App, they can use it silently in the background?

And do you feel envious about the new iOS 14's privacy feature - shows an indicator whenever camera or microphone is accessed? Or you can't wait for Android 12's implementation of the same feature?


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Presenting Access Dots for Android, supporting all the way down to Android 7.0!

Access Dots, adds the same iOS 14 style indicators (few pixels light up as a dot) to the top right (default) corner of your screen whenever any third-party App uses your phone's camera/microphone/GPS location. Access Dots will be visible even on your lockscreen!

Configuring the App is as simple as enabling the Access Dots Accessibility Service. By default the App is configured to show iOS 14 style colored access dots - green for camera access, orange for microphone access and blue for GPS location. The App itself does NOT request for access to camera or microphone, however, to be able to monitor GPS access by any App, 'Access Dots' require GPS location permission.

home screen text.png
overview2.png


microphone access dot.png
camera gps access dots text.png


Access Log text.png
Settings Text.png


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Access Dots is in early BETA, under development, so far it has the following features:

● Display Access Dots whenever phone's camera/microphone/GPS location is engaged by a third-party App.
● Maintain an Access Log, which can be accessed from the App's main settings screen. The Access Log shows when the camera/microphone/GPS location was accessed, which App was in foreground at the time of access initiation and how long did the access last.
● Assign any color to either of the Access Dots.
● On Android 10+, Access Dots by default sticks beside your camera cutout (if your device has.) You can configure the location of Access Dots to the point of specifying X/Y coordinates.
● If your device supports 'Energy Ring - Universal Edition!' App, then you can wrap Access Dots around the punch hole camera as well.
● The size of Access Dots can be adjusted.

Access Dots integration with 'Energy Ring - Universal Edition!':


While it's free to change the Access Dots' color to whatever you want, consider making a donation to support the development and have access to few extra configurations like changing the 'size' of the dot or its location on the screen. :)

Note: Please make sure the App is whitelisted under any kind of optimization setting your device has, if the App is killed from background by the System, you may have to restart phone to get the Access Dots active again.
 
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Sadly a nessesary tool while so many apps take hidden access to cam or mic...
well done, a great idea that tool!!
A LED as alternative sign only single phones would have a benefit, except a OP7pro which has Horizon Light instead of, or similar phones
So your dots are the best choice as sinal or indicator ??

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jagan2

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It would be amazing to have a little circle around the camera holes.

But it's an amazing app, can't wait for the Play Store link !

Will the app also show witch app accessed the camera and when?

is it possible to do it with the help of notification led instead of showing it on screen?

Sadly a nessesary tool while so many apps take hidden access to cam or mic...
well done, a great idea that tool!!
A LED as alternative sign only single phones would have a benefit, except a OP7pro which has Horizon Light instead of, or similar phones
So your dots are the best choice as sinal or indicator ?

Sent from my OnePlus7Pro using XDA Labs

I am considering all of the above ideas for future versions of the App! :)

Amazing! Just amazing! Is there any way this is getting open sourced and put on F-Droid?

Not planning at the moment, the App should be up on Play Store soon, due to COVID, the review is taking time I suppose.

Since this is using Accessibility Service can it introduce some lag? Especially in older devices.

I don't expect any, as the service itself doesn't listen for any kind of events from the App in use.

Great idea. Would it be possible to add Location Access Dot as well?

Usually the Apps doesn't/can't request Location access and automatically turn it off, so would be hard to isolate which App has accessed Location, may require some hacking around. Not planning for the time being.
 

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    Download now from Google Play Store! If you like the App, please leave a review on Play Store! :)

    Hey Guys! Developer of Energy Bar/Ring/Notch here! Just done developing a cool little App which basically ports the Android 12 / iOS 14's indicators for camera and microphone access, to Android, all the way down to Android 7.0! :D (Bonus: GPS Location access monitoring included.)

    Did you know that once you grant access to your phone's camera/microphone/GPS location to any third-party App, they can use it silently in the background?

    And do you feel envious about the new iOS 14's privacy feature - shows an indicator whenever camera or microphone is accessed? Or you can't wait for Android 12's implementation of the same feature?


    access_dots_logo.png
    Presenting Access Dots for Android, supporting all the way down to Android 7.0!

    Access Dots, adds the same iOS 14 style indicators (few pixels light up as a dot) to the top right (default) corner of your screen whenever any third-party App uses your phone's camera/microphone/GPS location. Access Dots will be visible even on your lockscreen!

    Configuring the App is as simple as enabling the Access Dots Accessibility Service. By default the App is configured to show iOS 14 style colored access dots - green for camera access, orange for microphone access and blue for GPS location. The App itself does NOT request for access to camera or microphone, however, to be able to monitor GPS access by any App, 'Access Dots' require GPS location permission.

    home screen text.png
    overview2.png


    microphone access dot.png
    camera gps access dots text.png


    Access Log text.png
    Settings Text.png


    ezgif-com-optimize-1.gif

    Access Dots is in early BETA, under development, so far it has the following features:

    ● Display Access Dots whenever phone's camera/microphone/GPS location is engaged by a third-party App.
    ● Maintain an Access Log, which can be accessed from the App's main settings screen. The Access Log shows when the camera/microphone/GPS location was accessed, which App was in foreground at the time of access initiation and how long did the access last.
    ● Assign any color to either of the Access Dots.
    ● On Android 10+, Access Dots by default sticks beside your camera cutout (if your device has.) You can configure the location of Access Dots to the point of specifying X/Y coordinates.
    ● If your device supports 'Energy Ring - Universal Edition!' App, then you can wrap Access Dots around the punch hole camera as well.
    ● The size of Access Dots can be adjusted.

    Access Dots integration with 'Energy Ring - Universal Edition!':


    While it's free to change the Access Dots' color to whatever you want, consider making a donation to support the development and have access to few extra configurations like changing the 'size' of the dot or its location on the screen. :)

    Note: Please make sure the App is whitelisted under any kind of optimization setting your device has, if the App is killed from background by the System, you may have to restart phone to get the Access Dots active again.
    7
    The App is now published on Google Play Store!

    Hey Guys! The wait is over, the App is now available on Google Play Store, download now!

    And hey, please leave a review if you like the App, cheers! :)
    6
    Its great idea. Is there workaround to use phone's own notification leds instead of statusbar.
    Even if not. Its good as many apps suspicious asks for so many permissions.

    In a future version!

    Namaste. So where's the link, sir?

    Sounds /lookes like a Great app! Subscribed to the thread!

    Amazing!!

    Waiting for it to be published!.

    Up, up and it's up - Download Access Dots from Google Play Store!

    Indians are very smart, how do you guys do it? There's hardly any Mexican developers that i know of :(

    Ha! Not sure if it has anything to do with the origin, but thanks! :)

    I'm jumping the gun here, possibly, but... Looks like it was published!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=you.in.spark.access.dots

    Haha, even I did not know that it's up until I read the first two reviews! :)
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    Major Update!

    Thanks everyone for the feedback and support!

    Here is a major update, AD_2.0_BETA,

    What's New?

    #1 Added Access Logs, shows: Time at which cam/mic was accessed, foreground App during the Access initiation, and duration of access.
    #2 For Android 10+, devices with camera notch, Access Dots by default now sticks beside the camera cutout like iOS 14.
    #3 Added 'Custom' location options to specify location in X/Y coordinates
    #4 Stability, bug fixes.

    Upcoming feature: A combined 'Access Dot' when both cam & mic are engaged! Stay tuned!
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    You clearly are advocate for them. Endorsing gets you how much?
    Anyways, I clearly understand my rights, Prolly you do not, so "foogling" it up and pasting here.

    Endorsing F-Droid gets you how much?

    You can request the Dev to consider adding in F-Droid instead of your- "Why not add in F-Droid if privacy is the point of this app" .