Google's Android app until now showed what permissions they need at installation and offered users option to either continue or withdraw. This might change soon.
According to a recent report, there might be a more comprehensive solution and a better privacy control over the permissions used by Android apps.
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If true, it would mean that Google will take a page out of the Apple iOS book by allowing Android users granular control over app permissions. A user would now be able to choose what an app can access on their device or from the cloud. It can include contacts, images, camera access and GPS location.
Bloomberg reports that the announcement regarding the new privacy control might come at the I/O 2015, the developer conference scheduled to kick off at May 28.
"The Mountain View, California-based company last year simplified how people are informed about what an app is accessing. Users decide whether the app can be downloaded. The new settings would give users the option to pick and choose what an app can access," notes report.
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Interestingly, custom ROMs based on Android flavours like Cyanogen already have this feature. A user has privacy control settings on a per app basis. Google's implementation of the same feature would be exciting to see.