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A hidden Android 4.3 feature unearthed: Permissions Manager

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A hidden Android 4.3 feature unearthed: Permissions Manager
With the release of Android 4.3, among others, we've had to kick up the pace a notch, in order to keep you updated with all there is to know about Google's latest exploits. By now, you've probably established that nearly all of the new tweaks and goodies Android 4.3 brings to the table are mainly under the hood or targeted at developers. Well, this has just changed!

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.


Source: AndroidPolice, Play Store

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posted on 26 Jul 2013, 09:10 5

1. cezarepc (Posts: 577; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Nice. I'll be playing around with this tonight. Some shameful apps are gonna get managed right hopefully.

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 02:35 1

9. cezarepc (Posts: 577; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Alright. Works like a charm. Was able to reduce around 10% battery since last night just by managing permissions.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 09:29 8

2. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


cool feature, all hail open source

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:12 8

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

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:33 11

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8719; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Facebook is the first app that's being modified on my list.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 15:05 2

7. tedkord (Posts: 4991; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I already modified it, right of my phone.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 17:50

8. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


you meant "off" im sure instead of "of" but I still laughed...

Nothing like Root+Forced Uninstall.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:51

5. rallyguy (Posts: 560; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Awesome!

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 10:55

6. Cyberchum (Posts: 271; 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!

posted on 27 Jul 2013, 05:07

10. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1149; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


i see some android users getting problems here... haha

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 02:37

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?

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:15

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!

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