Technology has taken a shape of a roaring wave that is full of changes and surprising facts. Smartphones are above and beyond games and texting. Your Android smartphone does wonders which we as users don’t even know. Yes, your phone can reveal a lot about your real-world life.
Whatever we do in the real world from breathing to eating to running to even moving from one place to another is being shared by our Android smartphones to Google and also to the applications inside the phones. The revelation of each step to Google and your phone apps are also based on the movements happening inside the phone itself.
The activity data is monitored, processed and revealed by the hosts of sensors Android mobile devices. Further, this data is retrieved by Activity recognition permission API incorporated in Android phones which within seconds can conclude the activity type.
The activity recognition permission gets the information via location sensor, gyroscope, proximity and a few other sensors to locate the real-time activity could be of location, sound or a movement. API is designed over the inbuilt sensors of the phone. Phone sensors provide the insight about the actions of the user. This entire information shared by API remains hidden under other permissions and that’s why users are unaware of it. API cannot be disabled but the permissions can be accessed through the app settings. Applications which are using the activity recognition permission can be disabled easily.
Activity recognition can easily convey the activity of the users to the developers i.e. whether the device is in a car, not moving, bicycle or which user is running or walking. For example, an app can automatically start monitoring and sharing the data with Google, like the heartbeat of the user once he/she starts running. This application can turn out to be useful but this feature is more on a creepy side. Though, it is difficult to find out which app asks for the permission the only option seems to be to check the settings and the activity of each application one by one.
Though it is a very lengthy process but good to know your phone especially when your phone knows you so well. Activity recognition may turn out to be an area of concern for the users so in that case, it is certainly worth to uninstall a few applications which ask for the permission and if they are of no use.