March 25th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by KENNECTED
Now...now. I agree in theory but lets be a bit more welcoming and helpful!
OP, what give you so much concern? Is this your first android device? Do you understand the android system?
I completely agree with KENNECTED.
There are a lot of apps that seem to require a large amount of access to various features. However, just because a given app is granted access to certain things, does not make it a bad app. In most cases it just means that a feature of the app can for example record video or access your e-mail.
An example is the YouTube app that comes pre installed on most Smartphones. If you read the permission, one of the permissions is that it has access to your camera. Do that mean that it will record video without your knowledge, No. The permission is there to let you know it has access to your camera because a feature of the YouTube app lets you record video from your phone and post it directly to your YouTube account if you choose.
Now can a rogue app use a permission maliciously, yes, but as long as you make sure to only download apps from the Google Play app store, you should be fine.
At the momment, I cannot remember the title of the thread, but someone in a thread on this site actually took the time to explain in detail each of the permissions that app typically request and the typical reasons.
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