Android users can now control the permissions granted to their apps, courtesy of the latest flavour of Jelly Bean.
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Available only in Android 4.3, a hidden feature known as App Ops displays the various permissions granted to different apps, according to blog site Android Police. For example, the feature can show you which apps detect your location, read your calendar and access your contacts.
Much of this activity is normal, as you'd want an app such as Gmail to access your contacts. But you may want to peruse the list anyway, to see what's going on behind the scenes so you can determine whether you want to tweak any permissions.
Android 4.3 users can download a third-party app called Permission Manager that offers direct access to the permissions settings. Still, as described by Android Police, the process for hunting down and changing permissions sounds clunky and can be a bit problematic. Even adventurous users may want to proceed with some caution.