Android “L” to adopt localized app permissions?

June 25, 2014
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Google completely changed the meaning of “the L word” this morning, at least for tech enthusiasts and geeks. Android’s next letter upgrade is said to be the largest update yet, bringing a whole new design language, performance/battery improvements and a plethora of other upgrades.

The Android L announcement and demo probably took the longest of all announcements. We know most main features and design aspects, but there are many details to uncover. The guys at XDA Developers have been digging enough to find a very interesting screenshot.

This image displays what looks like a localized app permission, which is a technique very similar to Apple’s in iOS. While we are still unsure, some assume we are looking at the Unified Data Controls Google talked about during the keynote.

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The idea here is that this could be the first time Android will ask you for localized permissions, instead of general ones. In the case of location settings, we usually get the option of turning GPS on when we access navigation, for example.

The difference is that this permission window seems to be exclusive for the Maps app, meaning we may soon be able to turn on location settings only for the app at hand. Gladly, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out the whole truth. The Android L Developer Preview will be available tomorrow. You can bet developers will start deconstructing it right away!

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