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Mario Tomás Serrafero · May 28, 2015

I/O Summary: App Permissions

Rumors regarding the new app permissions system have been floating about the internet for weeks now.  We have finally managed to get an idea of how the new system is expected to behave. Android M brings the ability to customize and control behavior of phones, this has always been a big part of Android. So Google is now bringing granular app permission control to Android., and they have also simplified the system with intuitive categories: Location Camera Microphone Contacts Phone SMS...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 16, 2014

XDA Xposed Tuesday: DonkeyGuard, Don’t Be a Donkey, Control Your Device – XDA Developer TV

Some applications ask for the world when it comes to permissions. I have spoken to developers who say it’s better to ask for permissions you don’t need, than you have to ask for more permissions in an update. However at some point, you may want to tweak information for certain apps. In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA Developer TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that lets you take full control over your device. XDA Senior Member CollegeDev...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 31, 2013

App Ops Brings Granular Permissions Control to Android 4.3

Say it with me: It's about time! While not officially released yet (and although similar functionality has been possible via root in the past) granular permissions management is unofficially on its way to stock Android. In fact, if you're willing to take a few seconds to create a custom shortcut, an incredibly easy task on most aftermarket launchers, you can access it now from any Android 4.3 device. There's even a simple option for those more content with the stock Android...

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Pulser_G2 · Jun 8, 2013

Android Permissions: Permissively Insecure?

Android, as an operating system, is fairly unique in that it makes users aware of the permissions available to apps in a fairly transparent way. Compared to Blackberry or iOS, which issue granular prompts such as "Can Angry Birds access your location?" or "Can Instagram access your camera to take photos?" There is a somewhat subtle difference here: The rivals give the user a choice about these requests. Jump over to Android where, after installing an app, it has free...

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