[guardian-dev] Android O's "Manage External Sources"!
hans at guardianproject.info
Sun Mar 26 07:31:11 EDT 2017
On a related note, we're getting really close to getting F-Droid
Privileged Extension integrated into Fairphone OS Open:
> Looks like a nice security improvement with minimal impact on usability.
> The headline scared me, I fear that with Android and ChromeOS merging,
> that Android could go the way of ChromeOS, which only allows apps to be
> installed via Google channels (e.g. it does not have any Unknown Sources
> Dominik Schuermann:
>> Great feature indeed, now people hopefully no longer complain that they
>> need to turn on "unknown sources" system-wide.
>> Still, I guess even when F-Droid gets this special permission, it will
>> still need to show the PackageInstaller UI for updating apps.
>> On 03/22/2017 03:28 AM, Nathan of Guardian wrote:
>>> Just saw this new feature in Android O:
>>> " each app now must be granted the install source permission for APK
>>> What this means is the a user will be prompted grant a specific app, in
>>> our case F-Droid, permission to install APKs, as opposed to the enabling
>>> "unknown sources" forever.
>>> This a huge exciting opportunity for legitimizing decentralized app
>>> hosting, without compromising a user's security. So cool.
>>> Now if only it didn't take years for the latest Android release to get
>>> traction... :(
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