This app was the only thing that made some other apps usable. For example, an update to out of milk started raising notifications all the time and making my phone vibrate and chime as I drove; very distracting. Turning off its permission to raise notifications was the only reason I was able to keep using it.

Shame on Google for killing this feature in KitKat, even if it was a hidden feature.

Hey, Google, don’t be evil. Giving users control over their devices is the reason many of us advocate for your platform.

App ops Launcher - Permission

Jes Sorensen November 08, 2013 03:52

Google unfortunately seem to be on a mission to kill all user control. Hangouts is the perfect example, kill sane Jabber chat in exchange for useless junk :( From what I read, KitKat will also put SMS messaging into Hangouts so it’s going to be problematic to disable it (like most sane people do today).

Michael K Johnson November 08, 2013 05:42

Learning all the wrong lessons from GNOME 3?

What I read said that SMS messaging being in Hangouts was optional, but how long will that be true?

Jes Sorensen November 08, 2013 05:47

GNOME 3 is certainly the right source for learning how to do things wrongly!

Didn’t see the optional part for messaging, that is somewhat positive news at least!

Michael K Johnson November 08, 2013 05:56 covers both KitKat and new Hangouts on older Android

Dax Kelson November 10, 2013 21:26

My family loves Out of Milk. A sane and practical way to manage shopping lists. If you turn off coupon notifications in the app you shouldn’t get notifications.

I just got a Nexus 5 and I’m very annoyed that I can’t install this app.

Michael K Johnson November 10, 2013 21:52

+Dax Kelson Ah, I looked all through the settings but didn’t see the separate top level menu for controlling notifications in Out Of Milk. Thanks for pointing that out! (Still annoyed that Google took away the fine grained permissions management…)

Dax Kelson November 25, 2013 16:13

FYI, App ops Launcher has been updated and now works with Android 4.4/KitKat.

Michael K Johnson November 25, 2013 16:19

Yay. Now I’m curious whether they’ll make my microSD card completely unreadable after making it effectively read-only in the 4.3 upgrade…

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