OnePlus Android mobles‘ clipboard app caught phoning home to China
OnePlus has admitted that the clipboard app in a beta build of its Android OS was beaming back mystery data to a cloud service in China.
Upon closer inspection, the punter found that the app had been transmitting information to a block of IP addresses registered to Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce and cloud hosting giant.
While extra logging and telemetry are to be expected from beta software – so that developers get an idea of any problems with their code prior to an official release – the fact that data was being siphoned off without warning from a clipboard manager raised eyebrows, leading some to fear their copy-paste actions were being snooped on and question the privacy protections on their OnePlus handsets.
OnePlus has yet to respond to our request for comment, although a rep told that this was a feature destined for handsets in China, and will be removed from, presumably, mobes outside the Middle Kingdom.
“Our OnePlus beta program is designed to test new features with a selection of our community. This particular feature was intended for HydrogenOS, our operating system for the China market,” a OnePlus spokesperson was quoted as saying. “We will be updating our global OxygenOS beta to remove this feature.”