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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User-controlled app permissions
by Nico57 on Fri 26th Jul 2013 10:21 UTC
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1) CyanogenMod gets it. Users are happy.
2) Google gets the CM team to remove it, bragging about fragmentation and stuff, but actually fearing for app developers to fly away. Users feel like they're being cheated on.
3) Android reaches world domination status. Developers have to embrace the platform and its policies, whether they like it or not.
4) Google brings it back. Users are happy again.

On the first look, Google's behavior on this topic can be seen as erratic, and not really taking end-users's will into account.
But if you step back and look at it, they handled the case pretty smartly, and in the end it's a win for end-users.

Still, let's wait for implementation details, and see if the whether the feature is for real.

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