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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tkeith
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2010-09-01

From a user perspective maybe, but from a developer perspective it adds a whole new level of debugging and programming. In addition, broad permission control would make ad supported apps impossible among problems. How can you display adds on your app if the user has blocked internet access?

On the other hand, an app wants to be able to add friends to your game so they add the read contacts permission. The user doesn't want to add friends but has to accept the permission or not play the game.

Clearly there needs to be some limits to permission blocking, and some thought put into it. Otherwise app developers can just force their app to not work at all until these permissions are given. Again this is where CM's "anonymous" info idea make sense. But it's not something Google could really do, they have to what's best for the users and the developers.

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