- 05-30-2011, 10:00 AM #2
Assisted-GPS, as we have, uses data for acquiring maps, directions to destination, etc. Once that is accomplished, it uses primarily satellites to track location. I was curious of the same thing, so I did a little research and also let my maps app run for most of the day. Didn't seem to hurt my data usage at all.
- 05-30-2011, 10:01 AM #3
GPS pulls data. Even with apps that are closed, it sometimes will be on for certain apps like facebook, tweetdeck, and others.
When you activated the phone, you pretty much gave Google Permission to use your GPS location to send them information from your phone at any given time.
I believe this information can be turned off, but only if you're phone is rooted (with CyanogenMod ROMs), you can pretty much turn it off by application to not allow it to access the internet/gps.
New CyanogenMod lets you rule Android app permissions with an iron fist
We've recently seen Google crack down on rogue apps and patch some server-side security issues, but let's not forget Android does have a small measure of built-in security: app permissions. But as with those pesky EULAs, many users tend to breeze through the permissions screen. And Android forces even the most attentive readers to accept or deny all permissions requested by an app. But the newest nightly builds of the CyanogenMod custom ROM include a clever patch allowing users to grant and revoke permissions individually -- something like the TISSA security manager we're still awaiting. Obviously playing God with permissions can crash your applications: with great power comes great responsibility. But we figure if you're running aftermarket firmware on a rooted phone, you're comfortable experimenting. See how it works in the video after the break, then hit the source link to download.
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