Detailed app permissions control might be debuting in Android M

Detailed app permissions control might be debuting in Android M
Android M is just around the corner and as its announcement nears, and rumors about more and more plausible features of the platform's next version come to surface each and every day. We already have a pretty good understanding of what Android M is going to be all about, but we are certain that Google has a lot of hidden functionalities hidden up its sleeve.

One of these might be granular, user-manageable app permission controls. All versions of Android after 4.3 Jelly Bean have allowed users to grant or revoke app permissions after they've installed a given app, but this functionality is deeply hidden in the OS itself and can't be accessed without a third-party app, with the most popular being App Ops (requires root for certain versions), making it a bit tricky to access it.

Android M might finally bring this undoubtedly handy feature up front and allow users to manage permission to their heartfelt content. There might be a dedicated menu in Settings that deals with app permissions. Also, it's rumored that on the next versions of Android, you won't need to grant various permissions before you install an app from the Play Store, which is a slightly cumbersome task that usually requires you to tap "yes" in a handful of dialogs. 

While it's not certain, there's a possibility that in Android M an app could ask for permissions right before you start it, similar to the iOS take on the matter. Yet, it's not certain what will happen if a user denies a core permission to a given app. We will have to wait in order to see what these app permission might be and whether they'll land on Android at all.

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13 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Wow, about freaken time... Full App permissions is one of TOP priority when it comes to mobile platform - every one of my Apps are modified, and even more so on my daughters iPad. "Yet, it's not certain what will happen if a user denies a core permission to a given app." From my experience on iOS, it's actually simple. I can take native camera app on my iPhone and tell it not to use, er... the camera (core function) - still loads with allowed functions. Maps not to track your location - but still use point to point navigation. If I restrict purchasing apps - App Store simply disappears because it is its only function, or just restrict IAP which makes IAP buttons not do anything (not even a pop-up)... You guys are gonna love this...

6. INTERNATIONALPATRIOT unregistered

For this to be available on Android natively is an welcome addition.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They "accidentally" introduced App Ops in 4.3 But they hid it in 4.4 You could use third party apps to access app ops, no root needed on both 4.4 and 5.0 But yea this is about dam time My first "smart device" was an iPod Touch 4 with iOS 4 If I remember correctly, it already had app permissions

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I already have full apps permission control on my vivo xplay 3s and huawei mediapad x1 ;) Google is far behind than chinese... if anyone want a full control on there device then buy only chinese phones

2. FluffyBled unregistered

Finally dewd ... a simple app would require a million permissions!

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I have bad feeling that this is pointless, devs will just make app to tell us that i.e. Facebook won't work without access to contacts, wallpapers without accessing location, etc.

4. INTERNATIONALPATRIOT unregistered

Remove those untrustworthy apps then. They have no right to hurt user experience or spying on us.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Works just fine on iOS...

8. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

There are so many ROMs, which offer app permission management and PhoneArena doesn't know 'what will happen if a user denies a core permission to a given app'. Hey PhoneArena guys, do you ever use any of the phones you write about or you can just write articles like 'OMG living with Note 4 for 2 weeks' ?

10. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

nice catch up, finally Android will have this feature. iOS has had this since version 6 or earlier though.

11. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

This feature is new to stock android... Rooted phones and a few OEM Roms already have it.

12. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's like saying control/quick toggles on status bar are there on jailbroken iOS before it's on Android.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

I was about to post something similar. Well said...

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