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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Alfman
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2011-01-28

tkeith,

"From a user perspective maybe, but from a developer perspective it adds a whole new level of debugging and programming."

I would think that having the permissions would encourage better programming practices and make the apps more robust instead of just making assumptions and ignoring exceptions (which is likely what's happening for the apps that are crashing).


"How can you display adds on your app if the user has blocked internet access?"

This doesn't justify omitting security controls in the OS.

If developers want to deliberately add restrictions (such as internet access requirements) to their own apps such that they won't run when a permission isn't granted, that's their business. They can explain their case to their users, alternatively they can offer a paid version for a couple bucks to remove the app restrictions.



"Again this is where CM's 'anonymous' info idea make sense."

From a developer point of view, having lots of fake data is much than letting users opt out and keeping the remaining elective data submissions clean. I encounter this all the time with websites that force users to supply personal information. When users don't feel it's warranted they'll just type in random garbage defeating the point of collecting the data in the first place.

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