Leaked Android Q Permissions Shows Improved Privacy and Control

Feb 12, 2019
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It is still too early to talk about Android Q, considering that its predecessor—Android Pie—is yet to make its way to most devices. We got our first look at what was an early version of the yet-to-be-named version of Android earlier this week. One of the features that stood out in Android Q was its redesigned permissions. Today, we get a detailed look at some of the new features that may find its way to Android Q via XDA Developers.

The permissions page gets a redesign in Android Q

A new UI on each permissions page stands to make it easier to see which apps are allowed to use specific permissions (such as Microphone, Camera, Location, etc.) There's also a new subpage for each entry with some additional information and a long list with different toggles. Detailed permissions usage is presented with bar charts. When running legacy apps, Android Q will ask you to approve or deny all relevant permissions the first time you start them.

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Based on the previous leak, we know that Android Q can prevent background apps from reading your clipboard. Additonally, a status bar icon notifies you if an app is using your location, camera, or microphone. You'll also be reminded with a notification that you've granted always-on access to an app for location services. Android Q is also getting permission called 'Financial Apps SMS Access' specifically for banking transactions.

A new feature called 'Roles' is a replacement for the 'Default apps' options, but there's a bit more to it than that. The service will be able to allow certain permissions based on which role it's assigned, which will allow users to give roles to certain apps and not worry about granting associated permissions.

When you sideload an app in Pie, the package installer will pop-up with a full-screen UI to ask if you are sure you want to install. That's changing to a smaller, central dialogue that doesn't waste so much space as before. Lastly, the default dialer app in Q lets you block numbers that are unknown, private, pay phone, or just not in your contact list. Android Q might be the most privacy-centric version of the operating system so far, but it's far too early to speculate which of the above features will make it to the final release. It is, after all, not even close to completion. Here's a hand on video courtesy Android Central.

Source: XDA developers

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