Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Jul 2013 08:33 UTC
Google "Android 4.3 has a hidden feature! It's called 'App Ops' and it lets you selectively disable some permissions for your apps. Is some misbehaving app constantly pinging your location and draining your battery in a few hours? You can fix that now." Terrible name, fantastic feature. Also: finally.
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RE: Comment by Tractor
by moltonel on Fri 26th Jul 2013 09:24 UTC in reply to "Comment by Tractor"
moltonel
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I have a feeling this feature is taking that long to arrive (it's not fully there yet) because Google wanted to please app developers more than users.

Now that
* Android is comfortably established as a must-support platform
* Permission-abusing apps/malware is becoming common
* CyanogenMod has shown the way
* Users are becoming more proficient
The feature's absence was becoming more painfull every day.

Hopefully as this becomes mainstream, apps will learn to not take install-time permissions for granted, and to behave well when one perme is missing.

The risk is that the app might disable itself completely if its money-making permission is disabled, but that seems to be fair game.

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