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Google has been thinking about more granular permissions control on Android

0. phoneArena posted on 21 May 2013, 00:58

While it is very nice that Android allows you to see everything on your device that an app will have access to in the permissions, it can get annoying that it is an all-or-nothing choice. For example, you may love the Amazon app, but you don't see any reason why the app should need to access your WiFi/GPS location data. Unfortunately, there is no way to deny that one permission and still use the app, but Google may be thinking about changing that...

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posted on 21 May 2013, 01:15 8

1. bvalde09 (Posts: 188; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

" while Google may want to give users more control, it also doesn't want to cause instability in apps by blocking certain functionality" I guess its true but I would love to see this in a future

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:36 1

10. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

the first step of implementation:

1) just hide it in the app manager that only a just little more IT educated persons use
2) + some view according to type of permission
3) + unticked option "notify me when an app requires access to this permission" (I would immediately tick that)

and every one would be satisfied very easily!
and I don't need root at all :)
and for the rest the state wouldn't be changed at all

posted on 22 May 2013, 14:00

16. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

Can you explain what to do so I can see what the apps are accessing in my phone. I'm new to Android OS, just got the HTC ONE

posted on 21 May 2013, 12:59

15. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

me too. I will be able to use Facebook app on my phone again if this was enabled. I currently refuse to use Facebook due to the required permissions to allow camera and mic use without your permission required.

posted on 21 May 2013, 01:28

2. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

That's a wonderful idea..
its remind me of Symbian OS where user can control evey action caused by apps like allowing data usage, sending sms etc

posted on 21 May 2013, 01:28 2

3. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

I sure hope this does come our way. Favorite app on Android: Settings

posted on 21 May 2013, 01:38 1

4. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

You can do that with Blackberry.

posted on 21 May 2013, 02:20 3

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

I can do that on my Windows 95 as well

posted on 21 May 2013, 07:04 3

9. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

As far as I know, Windows 95 doesn't power a mobile phone...

posted on 21 May 2013, 03:09

6. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

Well a few years ago the best smartphone was running on a single core, so I should see this possible in a few months LOL

Don't really see any technical issues
Don't want GPS on? Set off and let the app read as GPS always off
Data usage off, set app as " no data connection found"
Should be easy for each app

posted on 21 May 2013, 04:00

7. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

I think it's a great idea and something I have been missing in Android.
It won't harm 99% of the people who will still give the rights and don't care about a thing, but for the power users (who will use it the most) it provides more control of what an app can do or not.

posted on 21 May 2013, 06:30

8. RichieRich (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2013)

If CyanogenMod can do it, I can't see why Google can't implement it too!

posted on 21 May 2013, 08:26

11. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

CM had this ability for a while now.

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:11

12. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)

The problem I see is that many programs may not have the ability to manage a non permission response from OS, I think that Google should give a time to developers adjust their codes before implement this kind of thing

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:34

13. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

fyi there is app call LBE privacy guard which enable this option

posted on 21 May 2013, 11:08

14. PaulNotFromSweden (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Only for rooted phones.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 09:29

17. sswain (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I’d like to see an OS where the user is asked to deny, grant, revoke, fake… data access for apps, just like cyanogenmod does, networking included.
If tizen or Sailfish OS can do this… i will be a fanboy of them, and bye android.

It would be nice the option to optionally block apps from accessing:

Network (i dont think google is gonna give us this option, as its necessary for their incoming revenue model, ADS)


Phone Number






Photo, audio, video libraries




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