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Google may be planning to let users have more control over app permissions

According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is planning to give Android users more control over application permissions before downloading apps from the Play Store.

Published onMay 7, 2015

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Google I/O 2015 is right around the corner, and we’ve already heard a few rumors as to what Google will announce at the conference. We might get a first look at Android M, and there’s a possibility we’ll even get a new feature that will allow us to control any application using voice actions. Perhaps one of the most sought after features Android users have been asking for over the years might make an appearance, as well.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is planning to give Android users more control over application permissions. Basically, if what’s said in the report is true, Android users will be able to pick and choose which app permissions are given to each app before downloading it from the Google Play Store.

Over the past year or so, Google has done a good job at making app permissions clearer, so people can more easily tell whether or not they’d like to download a certain application. But according to this report, Android users will soon be able to choose whether an application has access to things like photos, contacts or the phone’s location, for example.

Many Android users have been asking for this feature for quite some time, so we’re sure most folks will welcome this change if the report’s claims come into fruition. Google I/O 2015 takes place on the 28th and 29th of this month, so we’ll have to wait until then to hear anything official from the company.

What are your thoughts? Are you happy Google may be giving users more granular control over app permissions? Why or why not?

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