Google Thinking About À La Carte Permissions for Android

When you install an Android app, you’re presented with a litany of permissions that the app requires you to accept. Currently, that’s an all-or-nothing situation. While that makes things easier for developers, it also takes away a lot of power away from users, and potentially makes Android less secure. We’ve recently been talking about news uncovered thanks to Google I/O events, and that trend continues now, with Google addressing just this very issue during the Android team “fireside chat.”

When pressed to answer whether we’d see expanded user control over app permissions come to Android, Google’s Dianne Hackborn offered an explanation. She reveals that the Android team have been thinking a lot about how they might be able to do something like this, where users can individually grant or reject specific permission requests. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to commit to Google implementing such a system, but it’s clear that we’re not the only ones who have been wondering about this.

What do you think? Would this be a great way to help you secure your phone and the data on it, or would it just be abused by people looking to do things like block data access in order to kill ads in ad-supported apps?

Source: Google (YouTube)
Via: MobileBurn

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