Liam Spradlin on a new feature he says is coming to Android, as this alleged text from the new feature called Google Nearby:
When Nearby is turned on for your account, Google can periodically turn on the mic, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and similar features on all your current and future devices. Google+ and other Google services need this access to help you connect, share, and more. When you turn on Nearby, you’re also turning on Location History for your account and Location Reporting for this device. Google needs these services to periodically store your location data for use by Nearby, other Google services, and more.
I’m really disappointed with Google here — there was a clear opportunity for them to also grant themselves remote access to the camera and they just completely miss it. Google is slipping.