Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
Learn to Use App Ops More Effectively on Your Device
As we all know by now, Android 4.4.2 removed the previously easy access to App Ops activity. When asked, Google stated that this was for internal development use only, and was never meant to see the light of day on consumer devices. Despite this, App Opps still exists in most source-built custom ROMs such as SlimKat.
Having access to App Ops is one thing, but knowing how to use it effectively is another altogether. If you don’t know how to use App Ops effectively, you may want to take a look at a video tutorial by XDA Senior Member Kapiljhajhria. With this guide, you will learn how to deny specific permissions for a particular app, prevent an app from creating wakelocks, and monitor your device to see what permissions are in use. Kapiljhajhria made two videos, where he explains how to use Privacy Guard properly. And if you’re not a fan of learning via video, a small PowerPoint version will be released soon as well.
Used properly, App Ops is a great tool, and one that is still available thanks to source-built ROM development. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use it more effectively, head over to the guide thread,
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