Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Oct 2011 18:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, today I finally joined the ranks of millions and millions of Android users, meaning I now have access to three of the major mobile platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7). I am, however, a complete Android noob, and I'm suspecting there will be many more Android noobs in the years to come - among OSNews readers as well. Hence, I figured this might be as good a time as any for an OSNews Asks item: Android all the things! Okay, technically that's not a question, but these are: what are the best Android applications? The most useful widgets? The most beautiful themes? Should you root your Android device? Is there any reason to add the Amazon App Store? Are there any tweaks to improve the Android experience? And so on.
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RE[2]: Firewalls are cool, right?
by gerg on Thu 13th Oct 2011 20:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Firewalls are cool, right? "
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As was already pointed out, CyanogenMod allows this but it comes with caveats. Removing permissions may violate hard-coded assumptions used by the developer when they created the application in question. As such, frequently applications explode because failures which should never happen suddenly do happen. Granted, defensively written applications will be far more immune to this but it also opens the door for a completely untested runtime matrix.

Removing permissions is not an advisable path to follow and you would have to be a complete jerk to even attempt to file bug reports on either the application or with the OS, should you encounter issues. In other words, do so at your own risk/reward and don't bother others if you encounter problems.

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