1. jsalk's Avatar
    I just picked up an EVO 4G yesterday and was going to install some apps like Google Goggles. I'm using Android 2.2 and before I install, it cautions me that some of these apps have access to just about everyting on my phone. This is quite disconcerting.

    Is this an issue I should be cautious about?


    - Jim
    08-06-2010 09:46 AM
  2. EvilMonkey's Avatar

    Google Goggles requires this:

    • Location (so it can find the best prices around you)
    • Network communication (so it can look up the item)
    • Your accounts (access other google services)
    • Storage (obviously)
    • Hardware Controls (Take pictures)
    • System Tools (prevent phone from sleeping)

    I hardly ever worry about this stuff, but do tend to read through what the apps require before installing them. Like if something wants access to something I don't think it needs, it throws a red flag up, but that's kindof rare for me.

    in the case of "official" google apps, I trust them. Well, probably more than I should trust a multi-billion dollar global mega-corporation that compiles all the world's information...but hey...it's Google!
    jsalk likes this.
    08-06-2010 09:59 AM
  3. MowDownJoe's Avatar
    You only really have to worry about it if an app is asking for permissions for something an app of that type shouldn't have. For example, streaming radio? Perfectly fine to have access to your internet connection. Bank ledger? Probably not so much, you might want to check with the dev about that permission.
    jsalk likes this.
    08-06-2010 10:08 AM
  4. jsalk's Avatar
    Mow & Evil -

    Thanks for the info. I'll go ahead and install those apps (and feel better about it).

    - Jim
    08-06-2010 11:52 AM