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Vivo Nex’s pop-up camera is showing up unexpectedly, and it’s freaking people out

by Danny Zepeda | June 30, 2018June 30, 2018 10:00 am PST

When Vivo released its new Nex flagship, it impressed by ushering a new design that pushed boundaries. But now we’re starting to see some of the minor annoyances that come with a pop-up camera.

First reported by Abacus, multiple users in China have reported that the selfie camera on their Vivo Nex has been popping up unexpectedly when not prompted. One user posted a video of him opening the messaging app Telegram, and when he went to a conversation with an online contact, the camera pops up though the camera app is not open.

Other users reported using Tencent’s QQ browser and the booking app Ctrip when the camera made an unwelcome appearance.

Naturally, this is freaking people out, because it feeds into the theory that smartphone cameras are being used to spy.

In response to the situation, Tencent released an explanation on its forum saying the browser uses the camera for QR codes, so when opening the app it briefly connects with the camera, which is why it opens up. It’s a similar function apps have with current phones though since the camera doesn’t pop up, users never notice the function.

Vivo responded to Abacus regarding the report and stated it is aware of the issue.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...