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Google is bringing granular app permissions control to Android M

At Google I/O 2015, Google announced they are giving users more power over the permissions they grant Android apps.

Published onMay 28, 2015

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Earlier this morning we reported on the news that Google would be announcing granular permission controls at Google I/O 2015, and that’s exactly what happened during this morning’s keynote. Google has just announced Android M, and a big part of the new version of the OS is more user control over individual app permissions.

Up until now, when installing an app, you granted permission for everything with no control over exactly what you were approving. With the new system, you’ll be asked to approve each category of permissions the first time the app tries to access that feature of your phone, instead of approving all of them upon installation of the app. Users will be able to allow or deny app access to six different permissions – contacts, phone, camera, location, microphone and SMS.

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You’ll also be able to modify app permissions on the fly. Simply head to the app’s settings menu, and you’ll be able to edit what permissions that app has access to.

This news was just announced a few moments ago, so stay tuned to this post over the next few hours as we compile more details on Android M’s new app permission controls.


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