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Android ICS - disable auto login to Google accountt in browser/Youtube app?

I'm currently testing a Samsung Galaxy S III, and I'm somewhat aghast:
when I open a link in a twitter app or an email (etc), the browser starts and before it opens the link, I'm automatically signed into my gmail account?!

I asked the resident Android lover, matt and he reckons it cannot be disabled.
I asked the official Android team on Twitter, the Chrome team etc etc...all remain shtum.

Is there really no way to disable that feature? (other than by deleting my gmail account, which means I have to sign in and out of Play and the email app constantly)

What about privacy? Call me prude, but that is quite a chunk of violation imho.
When Google introduced that unified setting thing a while ago it was fairly controversial, and they had to warn users in advance. But with Android it just so happens, and I bet a lot of users don't even realise what is happening!?!
Google has just been fined for 'accidentally' (wink wink, nudge) disabling Safari's do not track feature...but no one is bothered by ICS making it impossible to use the stockbrowser without Google logging you into your account against your will?

Wow.

Most Useful Answer Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 13:11

Is the default browser chrome on SGS3? If so that can be disabled on there.
Doesn't do it on my devices on the older style browser, did it do the same on One series or didn't notice?

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Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 13:11

Is the default browser chrome on SGS3? If so that can be disabled on there.
Doesn't do it on my devices on the older style browser, did it do the same on One series or didn't notice?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 13:15

Is the default browser chrome on SGS3? If so that can be disabled on there.
Doesn't do it on my devices on the older style browser, did it do the same on One series or didn't notice?

No, Chrome isn't default on the SGS3. And yes, on the HTC One S and One X it was the same thing. I read Chrome does the same thing, but I'll give it a try.
Still, even if it can be disabled - I don't think it oughta be enabled by default, with just a split second popup telling you what's happening.

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 13:24

In chrome (three dots) > gmail address > switch off sync, chrome to mobile and auto sign in.
(old) stock browser when installed and I've used it on a JB device it gives the option at top of page to log in but doesn't do it automatically.

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 13:42

Signed out of youtube app and doesn't seem to auto sign back in.
Had never used the yt app on phone and it asked which account to link, just pressed back and it went into app without logging in to any.

mrew42  Aug. 14, 2012 at 13:44

Yup Pondlfe is right. They persist the login data, particularly Chrome as it sync's with your desktop etc (and iPad) if you add bookmarks on any of them.
Notice in Menu -> Settings -> Account & Sync -> Google?
press on that and you'll see Sync Internet. It's inherent on the Android platform to allow you to backup your phone (including the browser data), settings and usage etc and restore on another device. When I got my Archos 70b it was seamlessly brilliant.
I couldn't however comment on any privacy concerns :)

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 13:52

Okay, thanks guys.
Will experiment some more. Chrome, by the way, sucks big a*s on the SGS3. Very slow and crashy

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 13:55

ps... also just noticed the stockbrowser reenables location access after reboot. wtf? Can't wait to go back to my N9...like, right now.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 14:08

Okay, thanks guys.
Will experiment some more. Chrome, by the way, sucks big a*s on the SGS3. Very slow and crashy

Hmm, odd. Chrome works really well on stock Android, I guess something Samsung have done to the code and Chrome just don't get along. Also, I reckon Chrome crashes more now than when it was in Beta...or maybe it just annoys me more now, I'm unsure.

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 14:12

Oh, not had it crash on me once elsewhere and fast for that matter. Nice work Samsung
That might be under settings > location services

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 15:37

Oh, not had it crash on me once elsewhere and fast for that matter. Nice work Samsung
That might be under settings > location services

You'd think. But I disabled ALL location services. Straightaway, during the initial setup, and again after the update to 4.04 or whatever it was. I also disabled it in the browser. But every time I reboot, or even just restart the browser, location services are enabled again.
So, yes, Samsung must have done something very screwy.

As to Chrome: yeah, when I tried it on the One S, it seemed much faster and more stable.
On the SGSIII now, it's very buggy - e.g., the keypad won't always show, or it won't retract after text entry is finished. Or it'll just jump randomly to any other entry box on a page...

And boy, even on mobile sites it takes forever to load pages.

The SGSIII I'm using is a generic UK model, by the way. A colleague has an Irish Vodafone-branded one, and she has that auto-login thingy, too. I'll have to ask her tomorrow about the location bug.

Anyhow... battery life is pretty impressive, and the camera is better than that of the One X/S - though HTC's cam UI is better imho. Especially indoors with artificial or low light, the Samsung takes better pics. Everything else about the phone turns me off.
So, yay...my Android dislike is well intact :p

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 15:46

On the mention of vodafone they made any progress on the Pureview?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 15:49

On the mention of Vodafone they made any progress on the Pureview?
No, actually. I asked last week, and they said "still testing"...

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 15:58

I'm still regarding that as positive under the circumstances

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 16:19

I'm still regarding that as positive under the circumstances

Yeah well... by 'testing' I reckon they mean negotiating a price that is realistic. The Lumias aren't exactly flying off of the VF shelves. The 700 and 701 aren't selling either... from what I hear it's iPhone, SGS3 or budget phones. Ireland is broke. If Nokia think Vodafone Ireland can sell it at flagship prices, they are wrong.
So, I don't see it happening. Maybe at a later time? Who knows - Apollo and the next gen of WP devices might improve sales (ahem...not while the new iPhone is, well, new)...that in turn might restore some form of confidence in the Nokia logo. Mind you: the local Carphone Warehouse store manager told me on Friday they hadn't sold a WP device in 4 months! The store is full of WP/Lumia promo material and accessories. It is a massive flop.
Of course, the iPhone's on the horizon and the SGS3 is out etc etc... but you'd think the cheap 610 at least would find a buyer. But the cheapskates go for the G300 instead.

sotea  Sep. 9, 2012 at 14:46

Okay, thanks guys.
Will experiment some more. Chrome, by the way, sucks big a*s on the SGS3. Very slow and crashy


has it occurred to you it might be your phone (crapwiz and all)? works great on my nexus.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2012 at 16:44

Okay, thanks guys.
Will experiment some more. Chrome, by the way, sucks big a*s on the SGS3. Very slow and crashy


has it occurred to you it might be your phone (crapwiz and all)? works great on my nexus.

Totally. Which is why I'm not using the SGS3 anymore ;)
But quite a few non-Nexus users are giving out about Chrome, so it is probably
beta for a reason.
You're right about Touchwiz, though

gailkellum  Jun. 26, 2013 at 21:20

My this has been a horrible

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