Both iOS and Android give developers access to photos: one is a bug, the other a feature


  • IAK

    I am a huge fan of attempting to trick my ipad and iphone to give me usb access to my photos. It’s super awkward.

  • Wat?

    Soon you will see your personal picture everywhere, thanks to Google Super Feature. This with their new Privacy Change and we’re set for a new monster.
    But you will say : Google will not sell this to ad company, they can’t do that.
    Well, they don’t have to because.. ? THEY own 99% of all the internet ads

    • HO

      …at least I know what they do, unlike other fruity companies that try to keep things from me, don’t forget that food u have today, it was planned by mApple for u to have it since they know where u go every day!!!

    • Zomby

      You do realize that 100% of home computers have the same feature as the Android phones do right? You’re so worried about Google getting a hold of your vacation pictures from your phone but think nothing of the fact that ANY app could do the same on your home PC/Mac. It is a bug on iOS because it was designed not to be readable by other apps while on Android it’s designed to be in an available location like it is on any other computer.

  • WhoCares

    No surprise android is the one with the bug…

    • B.W.

      Did you even read the article? It’s iOS that has the bug, on Android it’s an intentional feature.

    • Dimitri.k

      IF you can read it says ” BOTH IOS & ANDROID”. So that means even Apple has this problem for the so called best software they have. Get out troll.

    • Rio

      Except Apple sees it as a bug and is going to fix it, where as androids so called ‘feature’ lets developers take their pics.

      Lol so backwards

    • Zomby

      @Rio Apple sees it as a bug becaus they tried to prevent users from accessing the photos from other apps and it’s not working. Google can’t see it as a bug since it’s been designed that way from the get-go, just like your home computer. Yes, all apps to wich you grant file-reading access can see your pictures. That’s why I can have a photo-editing software on my phone/tablet that can edit my camera photos.

    • Rio

      At the end of the day we are talking about developers having access to your photos.

      Apple apps are able to edit photos from my library as well except they ask for permission first.

  • Mathieu

    Wow, big news … Android apps can read the SHARED on the device and thus access photos taken by the default Camera app!

    If you don’t like it, you can always use another Camera app that stores the photo in app PRIVATE storage.

  • Ted

    This is why you don’t bu an Iphone. And only buy pure google android phones like Nexus s, Galaxy Nexus your privacy is kept. Go Samsung Go. Iphones have so many bugs. Like the najor lawsuit that happened against Apple for the location GPS bug issue that kept your location saved on the Apples Servers and they sold this info to Companies.

  • Whitney Young

    Wow. Such a pathetic iOS bashing article. I expect better from Mobilesyrup.

    • Zomby

      Not iOS bashing, just thruth-speaking. Apple designed iOS in such a way that apps weren’t supposed to have access to your camera photos. It’s buggy and doesn’t work.

      Google designed Android to save photos on your SD card (just like any other digital camera) and those files are available to any app for wich you grant access to file storage. On your home PC/Mac, any app could access your pictures yet no one complains about it.

  • Whitney Young

    @wat? Is correct Google doesn’t have to sell your personal data to an Ad Company cause Google IS AN AD COMPANY.

  • Someguy

    Feature….. LMAO. What a joke.

    • Zomby

      Yes, saving the photos in an area where you can easily get to them is a feature. It was designed that way, just like your home computer. And I’m mighty glad it’s done that way, otherwise my photo editing app could not edit the pictures I’ve taken with the camera. The only reason it’s considered a bug on iOS is because Apple actually designed it to be unavailable and it doesn’t work.

  • Netguru

    So this morning MS posted an article about the SnapTax app for iPhone and iPad. All you have to do is snap a picture of your T4… Now this article informs us of a bug that exposes your photo roll to developers. Great! How long before iOS users end up seeing their T4s all over the internet?

    Simply unbelievable.

  • GrimConch

    “Don’t download untrustworthy applications” doesn’t stop applying when your computer fits in your hand. Blaming the OS wont help.

  • Trinity


    Haven’t you heard? Bugs never occur on Apple. Heck, when they fix these ‘supposed’, Apple doesn’t even both up change their release number to reflect that. They simply say, just redownload verion 4.0.1 again. No difference in it but you will notice some features that have been improved. lol.

    Apple and its customers are probably the most delusional people on this planet. Funny to watch them say the things they do but after a while, you start feeling bad for them because you realize that they really don’t have a clue.