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Android app permissions to be simplified, says Google

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Android app permissions to be simplified, says Google

Fandroids who find themselves increasingly confuzzled by the permissions screen when installing apps will be pleased to know that change is afoot.

Speaking at Google's Big Tent event in London, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt admitted that currently the platform's permissions system, which is intended to let users know a full list of data and services the app they are installing will have access to, tends to overcomplicate things for users.

Legally airtight

He explained that this is strictly due to the company’s legal obligations and the fact that the T's & C's are penned by suited, booted lawyer types rather than developers.

Schmidt said: “These things [permissions] are written by lawyers and they are completely accurate over five paragraphs instead of saying ‘we're going to do this with your data'."

He added that change is coming and confirmed the search giant is working on “a series of projects looking to simplify and we intend to do it".

Controversy

Google and its rival Apple have recently been dragged into controversy over location tracking on smartphones.

The California firms have been summoned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to attend a public education forum on June 28th to explain their actions.

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