It is basically a passive data structure holding an abstract description of an action to be performed.
There are a variety of standard Intent action and category constants defined in the Intent class, but applications can also define their own.
"We will be updating our global Oxygen OS beta to remove this feature." This should not come as much of a shock to those who follow the China-based One Plus.
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 One Plus handsets.
The experimental Hydrogen OS feature is designed specifically for the Chinese market, where a unique competitive situation between two major web service providers has led to some ecommerce weblinks being blocked.
A workaround developed by one of the parties involved sending a token so that link sharing would function fully.
One Plus has yet to respond to our request for comment, although a rep told Android Police that this was a feature destined for handsets in China, and will be removed from, presumably, mobes outside the Middle Kingdom.