I/O Summary: App Permissions

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
  • Calendar
  • Sensor

“You don’t have to agree to permissions that don’t make sense to you”. Permissions will be requested during the first time you try to use a feature, rather than a global “yes or no” upfront during installation. If so desired these can appear upon opening the app the first time, which makes sense as they put it “for access to the camera in camera apps.” Permissions directly reflect the use-case, and you can allow or deny them a per-permission basis. Legacy apps will require an update to be compatible. More importantly, the new permission model allows for app updates that don’t need new permission agreements, as they pop up whenever they are needed.. It’s a more intuitive model that results in a seamless installation process. Following installation, app permissions will be able to be toggled through the app manager settings.


From what we can gather the system should function much like a very basic XPrivacy and that can surely only be regarded as a good thing.


What do you think to the new app permissions system? Leave a comment below!

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Mario Tomás Serrafero
Mario Tomás Serrafero

Mario developed his love for technology in Argentina, where a flagship smartphone costs a few months of salary. Forced to maximize whatever device he could get, he came to know and love XDA. Quantifying smartphone metrics and creating benchmarks are his favorite hobbies. Mario holds a Bachelor's in Mathematics and currently spends most of his time classifying cat and dog pictures as a Data Science graduate student.