Mobile apps and ridiculous permission requests

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Aika, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. Aika macrumors regular

    Aika

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    I am new to Android so the level of detail regarding permissions given before you install an app has been quite an eye opener. I wanted to download Knights & Dragons because it seems very popular and I wanted to try it out but it wants permission to send SMS, read all my contacts and my phone calls. Why does a game need access to all that and why is it even allowed? Am I right to be wary?
     
  2. Six8 macrumors 65816

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    To allow calls and texts to interrupt your game?
     
  3. Aika thread starter macrumors regular

    Aika

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    Bejeweled Blitz (one of the other games to get a Google Play award) isn't asking for such permissions and I don't remember any of the other games I installed asking for them either.
     
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Don't bother with the permissions. Everyone's going to tell you to check them before installing, but it's better to just have your device setup to let Google verify installs and leave it at that.

    Most of the apps that ask for SMS, contacts, and phone calls do so because they have options IN-APP to let you recommend the app to friends and family using SMS, e-mail, etc. If they didn't ask for that permission to begin with, it wouldn't be possible to have that feature within the app.

    Windows Phone doesn't have this whole permissions thing, and iOS doesn't ask for Contacts, Microphone access, etc until after you download and open the app.

    Permissions hurt the developer more than the users it supposedly offends. What really is the issue is that casual people like you and me, have no clue what these permissions are actually used for and just see them as malicious. At the end of the day, sometimes it's the engines and SDKs some of these apps are using that cause these permission to be asked for.

    For that reason, I think that they should be undisclosed to the end user. Even Humble Bundle games that are by the top developers have weird permissions.
     
  5. Aika thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

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    You're welcome. :)

    And actually, I was wrong about Windows Phone. It does tell you when an app wants your location or whatever. It just doesn't go into the full detail like Android does.
     

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