manifest merging in Xamarin.Android

Our 3rd party Android library's manifest declares uses-permission entries for android.permission.BLUETOOTH and android.permission.BLUETOOTH_ADMIN, but our app does not use those bluetooth capabilities. As a result, our users see these app permissions during installation from GooglePlay, which creates confusion.

I have tried using the manifest merging approach by adding these lines to our app's manifest:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.BLUETOOTH" tools:node="remove" />

However, it does not change what appears in the permissions list during app installation from Google Play.

Then I discovered @xakpc 's post saying that Xamarin does not support manifest merging. I see bug 24809, but it is marked as resolved.

If this issue is still outstanding, then I suspect that I would need to implement something like what @AlexanderMelchers did in this post.

Do I have this right? Please tell me it's much simpler than this! :/

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