As part of Google’s Android M update, likely set for an unveiling at I/O this month, the search giant is reportedly looking to give users more granular control over app permissions, according to Bloomberg.
The new feature will apparently give users the ability to grant specific permissions upon installation, rather than giving app’s full sail consent. That means you’ll be able to set if an app—Facebook, for example—can access information such as photos, contacts and location. It’s unclear how the new features will affect the functionality of an app, but it will presumably cause some strife among Google and developers, who feed off that information.
Privacy is a big concern in the mobile era, so giving some semblance of control back to users will be a big feature. And it’ll give Google plenty of brownie points in the process; it’s ironic, really, since Google is among the companies that thrives on collecting user data.
We’re expecting to hear more about Android M at Google I/O, which kicks off on May 28.