CyanogenMod community has done an excellent job in providing custom ROMs and other hacks to almost all the Android devices. Some of their features have been used by the Android manufacturers as well (e.g sliding the notification bar to change brightness). Now CyanogenMod has announced a development of another feature – Incognito Mode.

The Incognito Mode is similar to the one that is seen in the Google’s Chrome browser. It will prevent the user selected app from collecting user’s private data. This is a great feature for maintaining the privacy of the users.


Steve Kondik is behind the development of the Incognito Mode and he is working on the following things:

  • Return empty lists for contacts, calendar, browser history, and messages
  • GPS will appear to always be disabled to the running application
  • When an app is running incognito, a quick panel item is displayed in order to turn it off easily
  • No fine-grained permissions controls as you saw in CM7. It’s a single option available under application details

Incognito Mode will essentially let users run apps with a restricted data set. For enabling the Incognito Mode, the user will have to go to Settings >> Applications. Select the particular app and then check the “Run In Incognito Mode” option.

It should be noted that Incognito Mode is not going to block ads or spoof IMEI numbers. It’s only for keeping your personal data privateIf an app has acquired root privileges, then the Incognito Mode wont work on that particular app.

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