According to some sources from “XDA-Developers”, android 11 update on the Camera API on Android 11 (Camera API Behavior v.7.5.4) are radical. This new update shows that Google would like to prevent filters changing the appearance of faces.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro can already benefit from Android 11 beta 2.This allowed the editor-in-chief of XDA-Developers to review this version. Surprisingly, he has just discovered that the next version of Android is about to launch with a new feature. According to the source, the Camera API Behavior v.7.5.4 will soon no longer be able to change the appearance of human faces (before and while capturing a face in a photo). “It appears Google is banning “filters” from implementing face modification algorithms while processing photographs,” he recently commented on Twitter. “This means that all images, by default, will not have changed faces.”
Google intends to limit FaceSwap and other DeepFakes
This new update should soon appear on the Android compatibility rules under Camera API( under the entry C-0-12). A new leak on Twitter, states that every Android device:
“MUST ensure that the appearance of the face is NOT altered, including, but not limited to, the modification of the geometry of the face, the complexion of the face, or the smoothness of the skin of the face”.
This change should therefore directly affect Google certified Smartphones that include a “beauty mode”, active by default. Is it a way to counter FaceSwap and other DeepFakes? It’s Possible, although this android 11 update seems irrelevant to some manufacturers like Huawei who only use open source versions of Android. In fact, Nothing will prevent the end user from modifying a face in post-processing. (through a third-party app like Snapchat for example or through any other photo processing tool on Smartphones or PCs).
As a reminder, the future version of Google’s mobile operating system will indeed be launched on September 8, 2020 (which Google confirmed in a video).