Thursday 13 June 2013

Run your Apps in 'Incognito Mode' in CyanogenMod ROM, a new feature from its developer

CyanogenMod has added another feather in its cap.  Now you will be able to load your Apps with a 'incognito' option where by you can control the access levels of the App.  Steve Kondik, the famous  developer of Cyanogen, has announced  this new feature for his Android ROM, the CyanogenMod. 
Run your Apps in 'Incognito Mode' CyanogenMod ROM

The new feature will ask the users for an option to run apps in 'incognito' mode. It will be a simple privacy feature that is designed to let users have more control over the data that is generally accessed by apps.  Another beauty is that the new setting will be available for each application rather that a batch.  So you get to choose the Apps which you don't want to give access to your personal data rather than a blanket setting for all Apps.

Kondik was quick to point out that he wasn't providing a way to block ads or spoof device information, like IMEIs. Instead, this is a feature to simply let users have more control of their privacy on smartphones.

Kondik has listed following features that the new Incognito Mode will support :
1. Return empty lists for contacts, calendar, browser history and messages
2. GPS will appear always disabled to the running application
3.When an app is running incognito, a quick panel item is displayed in order to turn it off easily
4. No fine-grained permissions controls as you saw in CM7; It's a single option available under application details

So another beautiful feature, which I feel should also be available in regular OS of smart phones.  But like always, the modders go where no OS has gone before.

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