A hidden Android 4.3 feature unearthed: Permissions Manager
A hidden feature called “Apps Ops” was discovered by the guys over at AndroidPolice, allowing you to tweak and disable particular permissions for each one of your apps. As you probably know, older versions of Android only inform you of the permissions that are required for you to install the app, with little to no room left for you to take charge of your privacy. This has now changed, or rather is about to – the feature is obviously not intended for the public just yet, but we hope this will change soon.
Regardless, if you're among the first already running Android 4.3, you can head to the Play Store and download a new app called Permission Manager, which allows you to tweak away at your own discretion. It goes without saying that apps aren't designed with this feature in mind, so thread carefully.
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Source: AndroidPolice, Play Store
1. cezarepc (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Nice. I'll be playing around with this tonight. Some shameful apps are gonna get managed right hopefully.
9. cezarepc (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Alright. Works like a charm. Was able to reduce around 10% battery since last night just by managing permissions.
3. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Been waiting for this to be integrated into android for years. Now i can decide weather Facebook looks at my contacts
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6648; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Facebook is the first app that's being modified on my list.
8. Hammerfest (Posts: 348; Member since: 12 May 2012)
you meant "off" im sure instead of "of" but I still laughed...
Nothing like Root+Forced Uninstall.
6. Cyberchum (Posts: 202; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
And here is where Symbian still excels and when and if Microsoft adds this feature in WP8.1, fanboys will scream STEALING or when they're in a more sober mood, COPYING!
10. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1008; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
i see some android users getting problems here... haha
11. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
I found Apps Ops in the Playstore but it says its NOT COMPATIBLE for me NEXUS 10 or my GALAXY NEXUS!!! Whats going on there?
12. Lordii (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)
Search the app store for "boogoo permission" you find a ad free app to get access to the permission manager that is hidden in android 4.3!