PERMISSIONS Posts on XDA

The Sorry State of Android Fragmentation: An Example to Understand Developers’ Plight

Fragmentation has been a contentious issue in Android quite literally since the mobile operating system was announced. Apart from being a cudgel for trolls to use in online flame-wars, the diversity that comes with fragmentation is now largely seen as a net positive for consumers of Android devices. After all, we're given so much freedom in choosing...

New Standards: Diving into the 6.0 Compatibility Definition Document

Marshmallow has seen the light of day on most Nexus devices already, but we've yet to see any third-party OEM update their phone to Marshmallow. How exactly will they incorporate Marshmallow's new features into their specific flavors of Android? It's hard to say for sure, but thanks to the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD), we can be...

NetGuard Gives You Back Control Over Apps’ Internet Access, Without Root!

One of the changes introduced with Android Lollipop (5.0) was the removal of the dedicated Internet permission on Android. At the time, there was some attention drawn to the changes, but users were still free to use root access to install a firewall, and block individual apps. Obviously, this wasn't much help for those not wanting...

Google Maps No Longer Requires Storage Permission

With the advent of permissions management in Android Marshmallow, more users will (hopefully) begin scrutinizing the permissions requested by the applications they use. Why in the world would a flashlight app require access to my text messages? Obviously it doesn't, but many users put their trust into Google curating the Play Store to prevent malicious apps...

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...

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...

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...

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...