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Remember the most recent Google Play Android client update? One of the features in that one was a new way of viewing permissions. As of that version there's a link to open the list instead of only being able to see it from the installation dialog. Well, now the web Play Store has pretty much the same thing. It's called consistency.

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Way down at the bottom of the web listing under Permissions is where you'll find this new link, which simply reads "View Details." It's all broken down into groups like with the Android client, and includes the notice that you will only be notified of changes on a per-group basis. You still get the permissions when you attempt to install as well.

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So it's a minor but useful change. So go forth, and be more informed.

[DroidLife]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Simon Belmont

    Thank you, Google. Never understood why you removed this in the first.

    I used to be able to view the permissions on the web version of the Google Play Store without having to go through an install dialog and that was taken away long ago (at least a year ago, I think). Now they just need to bring back the list that shows what apps are installed on each device.

  • NF

    No, it's called continuity.

    • Matthew Fry

      Um... wrong post?

  • Nate

    Seriously, why is IFTTT triggering for posts like these?

    • Jeff718

      I know, right. I was all excited for a new apk.

    • Torben Buck

      Maybe because of the link to the "[APK Download]" site ?

    • Chris

      Could you elaborate on this IFTTT? Do you have it set up to email you if certain keywords come up in the title of posts or something?

      • Nate

        It is set up to text me when there is an article with "[APK DOWNLOAD]" in the title. As you can see, this article lacks that attribute.

    • Brandon Giesing

      I am the creator of the Recipe... I know it isn't perfect but the reason that it is getting triggered is their RSS feed shows related stories and one of those had APK Download in the title. I am trying to work on a new version that may fix this!

      • Nate

        That makes sense. I had figured IFTTT was looking at ONLY the title of the article, not the whole article.

  • Matthew Fry

    Google. Give me a list of the IAPs already.

  • Tiuri Elvander

    I hate the new simplified permissions when updating aps. They no longer show which permissions are new. Now I have to look at each app and check out the permissions, using this new link I can now do this on the web store as well.

  • Oops

    now we want app ops back!

  • Chris Dulledge

    it has always struck me as odd that you cannot block permissions one by one. i don't want an app to be able to send emails or messages without my knowledge, so when this is added to an app I have i should be able to say 'take the update but block these permissions'.
    why is this not possible?

  • Jamie

    Next, now an similar option for an 'IAP' list
    split 'size' to have options for 'installed size' and 'download size'.
    Google also needs revoke a permission!

  • vertigo_2_20

    All this change does is make using the Play Store and the apps within it less secure. First, Google stopped separating the apps that require new permissions from those that don't in the updates section, to help the users keep track of which apps are trying to increase their foothold on our devices. Now, you don't even get a warning anymore when updating an app if it's increasing its permissions. The only way to know is to go through the extra step of scrolling down and clicking the permissions link.

    It's as if Google is intentionally trying to sabotage the security of Android users. Considering their history of violating their users' privacy, and the fact they themselves frequently add new permissions without explaining them, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if that's exactly what they're doing. Google has shown over and over they don't care about their users, what they need or want, or their privacy. All they care about is money. And while they keep making changes like this that only worsen the user experience and hinder security, there are still multiple issues with the Play Store which have existed anywhere from months to years that are not being dealt with.

    Yet all the online "media" sites can do nothing but continue to proclaim how great Google is and how wonderful this new change is, completely neglecting the users and their privacy and security. They're supposed to be reporting for and in the interest of the users, who are their audience, not Google, etc. It makes me wonder if Google has bought them all off, since they act more like an advertisement than a news source.

    It's this type of behavior by Google that is driving me away from their services. I've closed my G+ accounts and I try to use their other services as minimally as possible, and will not buy and more Android tablets and hopefully by the time I need to replace my phone there will be a better alternative available.

    • Simon Wells

      Couldn't agree more. The lack of security where android permissions exit is utterly bewildering to me. Why are the top android websites not making noise about it? Everyone using an android phone should be able to decide for themselves what permissions every app they install has. Not Google.

  • http://denilson.sa.nom.br/ Denilson Sá

    I've written a custom CSS to move that link to the top-right: https://userstyles.org/styles/102378/google-play-easy-to-find-view-permissions

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