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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by randomuser2349, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. randomuser2349

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    Just a question. I was about to download an app for my Android, but I felt afraid when I saw that it had access to my location, both coarse and fine.

    Is it dangerous to install such apps? I'm worried if something bad can happen with it.

    Here's the app: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.bslapps.snes&hl=en
     

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    It really all depends on why the apps needs your location and what the apps does with it.

    You could email the developer and ask why it needs your location.
     
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    Emulators are meant to be used to play pirated copies of games, so I'd be wary of an emulator app that requires pretty much anything but accessing the sd card. there's certainly no reason for it to need location data.

    I've seen some devs claim they need permissions like that because of certain dev kits they use, but I rarely buy the excuse. there are more than enough apps out there that don't ask for permissions like that, of all kinds.
     
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    If the app has ads in it, then it might use your coarse location so that the ads are more location base. Now I don't know why it would require the GPS permission as that one requires the GPS to be use and will drain your phone and if they have permission to your coarse location, then that's enough for the ads. I would email the dev about the GPS permission because I can't fathom a reason why an emulator might need it.
     
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    I would also be wary of an emulator that wanted GPS location information.
     
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    I clicked on "Visit developers website" on the Android market page for that App, and it's a broken link! Be afraid ...
     
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    The reason why I'm questioning this is because I see so many 5 star reviews on it.
     
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    Not uncommon for malware to load up on 5 star reviews courtesy of a bunch of associated accounts.

    Also not uncommon for the clueless to give 5 star reviews for apps they have never used.

    To make matters worse, because emulated games violate copyrights, you can get help for the emulator here, but not the games. Sorry, that's just a heads up.
     
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