Android 4.3 includes hidden option for app permissions




An Android 4.3 feature that at the event yesterday was no mention – probably because it’s not finished yet – is app Ops. Although not yet finished, but it already seems to be working. With your individual apps app Ops can revoke permissions, such as the location of transmission or reading of the contacts. One should know which app which authorization is withdrawn, with a navigation app, it would make little sense to prohibit the location of their submission, however.

To enable the hidden feature, you must start an app that can start Activities, in this case the Nova Launcher is used. There, choose the following settings and app Ops. This creates a shortcut.

If we choose from app Ops, you get a list of all the apps at the same time one can see how these access permissions. Broken down into four areas: Location, staff, messaging and device sees the apps and the time when it has accessed something the last time.

Choose a single app from, detailed information are available at the time of last use and can deactivate the individual permissions. In the case of the Facebook app is not a place so easy to find, but the app still works without problems.

Some permissions must be used only once before they appear in app Ops. App Ops takes not the app permission list that can be found in app info, but tries to find the permissions yourself.

Should you play around with the feature, fits well, so you do not suddenly a bunch of useless apps on your Android device finds, because you think, the app does not need a specific permission. I would like to test it yourself, but today a small faux pas when flashing me is my Nexus 4 running under, so I this is not possible at the moment (better not ask …).

Should you already have on your Android 4.3 device and activate the feature, we look forward to receiving comments on how good or bad it works. A similar feature (actually exactly the same) way, was already announced for CyanogenMod to the Incognito mode in the nightlies it would even be available (like more information of users in the comments).


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