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  1. maxx2496

    maxx2496 Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    I was wondering, is there anyway a developer can hide or exclude a certain app permissions from being seen by Android market users? And are the permissions for an app controlled or regulated by Google?.. Another question I have - Is there anyway to restrict PDF files from opening in the default browser?. This is a problem when I am on a search engine and accidently click a link that's a pdf file- I don't want pdf's downloaded without asking me permission atleast. And my last question, is there a way to view current extensions that are installed in the browser.? Where is androids built in file manager?
    Oh yea, does uninstalling an app completely take off everything related to that app from your phone?
     

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  2. Demache

    Demache Well-Known Member

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    1) I don't think so. That's sort of the point, is to let the user know about all the things the app will be allowed to do.
    2) Not that I can tell. Just be more careful about it. I have no idea how Android manages file associations like that.
    3) What do you mean? Like what the file extensions are associated with?
    4) There isn't one built in. Fortunately, there are plenty of free file managers on the market. Such as Astro.
    5) I'm not 100% sure on this one. I know it clears all information related to that app from the phone memory. But if the app does some file storage on the memory card, I have no idea if it deletes that information as well.
     
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  3. maxx2496

    maxx2496 Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the reply. About the pdf thing, when on a desktop browser like FireFox or IE, u can set an option so if u were to click a link that is actually a .pdf extension/file it won't automatically download the pdf file, it will prompt and ask you first. Several times when Im looking at results on Google or other search engines, (on my phone) I click a link that is actually a pdf file and not an html website and my phone will Auto download and install the pdf file without giving me a choice not to. This is a both security and personal concern as there are viruses that are attributed to pdf files. And I would hate to get a virus on my phone and then transfer it unknowingly to my pc when I connect my phone. And plus I don't want pdf's that I dont need. So I was wondering if there is a setting to disallow the automatic installing of a pdf file on the Android browser? If not , how do I recommend that option to google? Thanks.
     

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