The feature allowed users to pick which type of information installed tools would be allowed to access. Many app developers try to get hold of call information or location data, which may have little bearing on the functionality of their app.
"We are suspicious of this explanation, and do not think that it in any way justifies removing the feature rather than improving it," said
But Eckersley added that users opting to remain on Jelly Bean would run the risk of being vulnerable to malware, as 4.4.2 contained a number of security updates.
According to the most recent quarterly data from IDC, Android's install base is 81% of smartphones shipped in the third quarter.
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