Android 'camera disable' app?

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  1. Goober

    Goober New Member

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    I have been trying to figure out how to remove the camera from my Droid, but from what I see on phonewreck.com, it is about impossible to do without leaving telltale signs of tampering.

    Is it possible to write an app to do "lock out" or disable the camera feature? Who would I talk to about doing this (I have never written a program and wouldn't know where to begin to start)? It would be a great thing for people who work in places that have restrictions on camera phones.
     
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    Other than for taking the droid into a secure facility why would you want to do this?
     
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    This is exactly why I would do this.
     
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    Most places I deal with won't allow a phone with a camera no matter what you do. My work flip has no camera just for that reason.....
     
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    We have to have it disabled in some fashion. My old BB Storm had it physically removed. Security cleared it (we have a "smart phone" clause in our security regulations).

    Can one remove the software that runs the camera without having an adverse effect on the rest of the OS?
     
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    One of the urber geeks will have to help out with that....
     
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    That's what I'm hoping for.
     
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    Try the McGyver method. Cover it with black electrical tape and then put a black hard plastic case on it. I have seen that one work.
     
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    I am looking for something that will bring up a "Camera failed to initialize" error, if it is ever checked. No tape.
     
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    Good way to get fired...or have your company contract pulled.
     
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    hehehe I understand. My brother works in a HIGH security place too. The guards have M16s and have permission/instructions to use them. He has a Droid and has the same problem. He just told work to find him the solution they want and he leaves his phone in the car.

    Most places like that also have problems with phones that will do voice recording, use SD cards and particularly with GPS and wifi.
     
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    Not if they accept it. In writing, of course.
     
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    Not going to happen in a High Security Area or an Area that requires TSC to enter.
     
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    No, it won't. But I worked for a company that thought they had a lot of valuable intellectual property and they had restrictions on cell phones with cameras. Several customers also had the same restrictions. as long as people were up front about it we, and our customers, had no problem with this approach. I don't recall the OP saying it was TSC
     
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    I have read about "Rooting". Would that give me access to the camera software, in order to delete it?
     
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