Galaxy S8 receives the Note 8’s App Permission Monitor in latest Android 8.0 beta


Without question the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is chock full of software features. One of the more handy of those was App Permission Monitor, perfect for power users looking to keep tabs on their device.

Once enabled, you’ll receive a notification every time an app uses a specific permission and if you’d like, you can even view a complete history of permissions were used from a specific app. It was plenty useful but oddly enough exclusive to the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy S8 and S8+? They were out of luck.

Thankfully it seems Samsung already has plans to bring this useful feature to the S8/S8+ as it’s already appearing in the official Oreo beta for these devices. As noted on Reddit, users are pretty excited about this feature, with some non-Samsung users wishing the feature would be made a part of Android proper.

Often times Google borrows some of the more useful OEM additions in later versions of Android (the Always On Display is a perfect example of this), so let’s hope app permissions notification/history will eventually make the cut.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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