Android 4.4.2 was released just a few days after the release of KitKat 4.4. Unusual. Why the rush? What horrible bugs does 4.4.2 fix? (And why was there no 4.4.1?)
Android 4.4.2 removes App Ops
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) offers an answer . It turns out Google “accidentally” released an “experimental” feature (called “App Ops”) in Android 4.3, allowing users to control application access to user information such as contact list and phone calls. This horrible oversight had to be remedied quickly by the release of Android 4.4.2, which removes this option.
I have often wondered why Facebook, Twitter, and the like need to know who is calling me and the caller’s number. I still don’t know, but apparently this is crucial for the apps’ proper functioning.
[UPDATE December 14, 2013] InformationWeek offers a of the same issue.