There's no official release date for the Lollipop-based CyanogenMod 12 yet, but when the ROM finally does arrive, it will have built-in tools to manage root permissions.
Soon smartphone owners who 'root' their device to gain full control over it won't need to install third-party apps to manage root permissions: in the latest version of CyanogenMod, Privacy Guard can be used to set them instead. Privacy Guard is a tool that allows CyanogenMod users to control what permissions each installed app has, such as whether it can access the phone's GPS or has the ability to send SMS messages.
As noted by Android Police, CyanogenMod contributor Ricardo Cerqueira flagged the new approach in a code review update, noting simply that, "Superuser access doesn't require an app now, it's been tied to Privacy Guard".
That means when CyanogenMod 12 does arrive, users who have rooted their devices won't need to install apps like Chainfire's SuperSU in order to manage which apps have root permissions.
The Cyanogen team hinted at a possible release for CyanogenMod 12, saying recently there was "something special" in store for the New Year. However, so far headlines about the ROM has been dominated by both Cyanogen's partnership with Indian smartphone maker Micromax, and the Indian launch of the OnePlus One.
The OnePlus One faced a temporary sales ban before Christmas after Micromax filed a suit preventing devices with CyanogenMod installed being shipped. OnePlus, the company behind the One, told the Dehli High Court that it was shipping a version of CyanogenMod called CM11S, which was different to the version Micromax had an exclusive deal for.
OnePlus and Micromax are expected to head to court over the matter this Wednesday, according to India's Economic Times.
OnePlus has been working on its own version of Lollipop, which it hopes will resolve the CyanogenMod problem in India, with the first results of that effort unveiled last week in the form of an alpha version of the OnePlus ROM.
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