Google’s I/O 2015 is all set to kick off at 9.30PM tonight and the company is highly anticipated to unveil the next version of Android. However just ahead of the big unveil, Android Police has leaked images that indicate Android M is bringing back granular app permission control, a feature that disappeared after KitKat was released. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealedAlso Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
Most apps ask for permission to access contacts, photos and other information from your smartphone for syncing data and just updating itself to work better for the user. At the time of install, users are asked for permission by the app to access all of this information. Once you ‘ok’ access to these apps, there is no way you can go back and change that permission setting unless you re-install. However, Android M will now bring an option in the Settings Menu that will let you control and change the information what each app can use. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionals
The image clearly shows that the Settings Menu has an option called Apps Permissions which will let you toggle on or off access to information like contact, location, media, camera and identity.
The report also states that even though this feature will be a boon for users, developers will not like it so much, as it will curtail their app’s efficiency. Google is internally calling Android M as Macadamia Nut Cookie, and is said to focus majorly on battery and RAM optimization. It is said to come with fingerprint authentication for native apps, which means that each individual apps can also be locked using fingerprint lock . Android M is also expected to beef up its security credentials, and also integrate few features focused on enterprises. There are hopes that integration of Google voice commands would also be made available to third-party apps, just like Microsoft has done with Windows Mobile 10.
Lastly, Android M will bring more privacy controls which will effectively let users decide what information they want individual apps to access. Android M will give users detailed choices over what photos, contacts or locations each app can access.
Additionally, the new version will only be released to developers at first, just like how Google did it for last year s Lollipop. Commercial release will hit in August, but it could get delayed depending on developers feedback.