Originally Posted by Vic Viper
Damn, I just prepped my phone for an update, ran the autopatcher, and it tells me support has been dropped. What a letdown! I wish the dev recommended another app for permissions management. u_u
I really hope development on this app continues. While the learning curve to installation and configuration is high, once you get it right, it becomes routine (an annoying routine, but routine nonetheless). I don't feel like I can go back to an open phone after this. I could trust OpenPDroid to protect my information and at the same time, not break apps. I don't know if I can trust the permissions managers that are built into ROMs or other third-party apps to do the same things this one could.
After some searching on the forums, I found XPrivacy. I tried it out, and it's much more user-friendly than PDroid: way more granular control (a bit overwhelming), a log (very useful indeed), better UI, easier installation (very important for widespread adoption), a database of crowdsourced app permission profiles; I could go on. If you haven't heard of it and are interested, you can check it out in this thread. But the deal breaker for me was no ability to backup and restore settings. (Titanium Backup won't work with it, and I tried to do a manual backup, but the files appear to be well hidden.) I can see charging for a feature like downloading and applying permissions from the database through the app, but not allowing backups on the free version is unethical...and how do I know that project won't be abandoned within a year or two like this one was? Paying for a premium version is no guarantee of that.
Guess I'll hold out on upgrading to KK a little longer. Maybe someone will pick up here where the original dev left off. To whoever does, you really need to check out XPrivacy. It's what I wish PDroid was.
1) i'm maintaining OPD patches for CM11 (mateor's applied until M5 i think). but you have to build you own CM, no autopatcher:
2) mateor's patches may still apply to AOSP source i think.
3) you can remove the timed self destruct from autopatcher script and try it on a non-CM11 based rom. many roms may still apply.
4) you can get XPrivacy's import/export for free. the app is GPL!!! just clone the git and build. there is a one line change that will make it work as a licensed copy. it is not obfuscated in any way (kudos to the developer for respecting freedom!!!)