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Why do some apps have location access?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Crush_Buds, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Crush_Buds

    Crush_Buds Well-Known Member
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    Why do some of the apps I have such as "Android Lightsaber" have access to "Your location: coarse (network-based) location" ?

    I'm not really sure what it means. I know some have GPS such as the weather channel for obvious reasons. But what does it mean in an app like the lightsaber or eBuddy (a chat program) have it?
     

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  2. Carl C

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    Hi Crush_Buds :)

    1) Coarse Location is tracking via the cell phone towers triangulation , Wifi etc. Don't worry this can't pin-point where you are just gives an idea of the area

    2) I would imagine it is purely for analytics's purposes to track how many people are using it, how often , and Approximate area {hence no need for pin pointing}. I could be wrong but this is why I think these permissions are their

    Carl :D
     
  3. Crush_Buds

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    Sounds plausible enough to me. I had a feeling it is something like that as well. But it just strikes me as a little odd. Thanks for the input!
     
  4. Carl C

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    No Problem :)

    I hope I'm correct though :D It does seem the Likeliest reason in my opinion
     
  5. Ludo

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    It's often used by the ads that are in some applications, too
     

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