Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/177711/ios-has-app-permissions-too-and-theyre-arguably-better-than-androids/
Android has a permissions system for individual apps, but so do iPhones and iPads. Android gives you a single prompt when you install an app, but iOS allows you to make more decisions.
On XDA, many people are complaining about this exact thing. “We bought Android because it was open. Now we see iOS doing a better thing, and we want to strangle Google for that.”
The biggest difference: Google (Android) makes money selling information. Restricting permissions dings their revenue stream. Apple (iOS) makes money selling hardware. Restricting permissions has little effect on their income.
I don't think it's even arguable, iOS App permissions are better, it's not just 3rd party apps, you can also stop built in apps like Safari and even Maps from using location data if you want to. I'm probably one of many who have switched from iOS to Android, I've been using a Nexus 5 and Android does have many advantages but generally I think I'd still rather use iOS again, this app permission thing was one of the very first problems I noticed. For example I paid for Angry Birds Star Wars 2, and Rovio are a massive billion dollar company, yet for me to run this game I need to give it access to "take pictures and videos" and access my location... you gotta be kidding me.
I also don't get why I can't block certain permissions and still run an app, i've looked on various forums and devs come out with the same lame excuses about apps crashing etc etc, I think that's garbage. For example on iOS I used to play a Call Of Duty game which needed access to my phone's microphone, I know exactly why it needed that as the game had online multiplayer and this would be for voice chat purposes but even then I could block it and play the game pefectly fine. I could still use Whatsapp for text messaging on iOS while denying it access to my camera/photo gallery, and on Android I wouldn't even be able to install it
I think a year or two ago Android probably was better than iOS but apart from things like having root access, I don't see any advantage to using Android for me as on the everyday things Android lets me down. Email is rubbish on Kitkat, the client is pretty poor and not as good as the one on iOS 7 which means you gotta pay for an alternative (you can't even empty the deleted mail bin/folder), I generally find a lot of the apps to be more expensive than on iOS and one other that really bugs me is that not a single music player/podcast app has an onscreen volume slider like nearly every single iOS podcast/music player... yet these are supposed to be touchscreen phones
Android apps seem poorly optimised too, GTA Vice City should run brilliantly on my Nexus but it lags at certain points, whereas on my crusty old iphone 4S it runs perfectly, and other apps that I use daily like Tunein Pro have less features than on iOS too
That's because Apple tests all apps it releases. Google does not.
This isn't about Google. This is about the apps available on the Play Store, most of which aren't made by Google.
I think Google should implement a strict check on the Play Store apps, and remove all the rubbish. If anybody still wants crap, there's always
adb install crap.apk for the idiots.
Many of those apps are Google's own apps. A very small percentage of them, but still. It's not in Google's best interest to restrict permissions in such a way that would inhibit collection of marketable data. And, FWIW, the subject of the article is specifically Android vs. iOS permissions, so yeah, this is about Google.
It's about one of Google's products, not Google in its entirety. And Google's own apps collecting stuff from your phone... great reason why every other geek/nerd has a Nexus in their hand, right?
The liberty given to app developers is a fault Google made, not something intentional. Sure, they take your location for ads, but that can be turned off in that Google Settings app. (Although, yes, it shouldn't have been turned on by default, I'll give you that.)
PlayerPro has an onscreen volume slider. Sure, it's a pay app, but it's a lot better than the stock music player on iOS. I had an iPhone for almost 2 years and jumped at the early upgrade option to get back to Android. I love my Galaxy SIII and wouldn't go back to iOS if you paid me, even though version 7 added a lot of features previously only available on Android (unless your iPhone is jailbroken).
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