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Old 02-16-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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Phone applications, permissions

I bought a new android and I am amazed to see the permissions given to these applications. Without rooting my phone, which is a concept too new to me, I would like to know if any of you use 'a permission denial app' that does not ask for permissions itself.

Asking you guys will save time in downloading and installing before I find a really good one.

Maybe unlimited app permission isn't a concern? I see many people on the android market using apps with good reviews and no complaints about breached security.

So, do any of you have thoughts on the matter? Favorite apps?
So far, as this is really new to me, I don't have a favorite app yet.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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I think if you read about three pages of reviews and nobody is complaining about permissions or security, it's probably good to go.

I think about 1% of apps require too much permission and 0.1% are actually trying to be malicious about it.

My list goes:

Google Chrome Beta
Gmail
Facebook
Twitter
Spotify
GasBuddy
Beautiful Live Weather
Podkicker (podcast catcher/player)
Tapatalk (read the cellar on the phone)
Alarm Clock Xtreme Free
Speed Test
Dropbox
Barcode Scanner
Google Wallet (killer app, only on Nexus phones)
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:58 PM   #3
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Chrome Beta, you say? Can you send me an invite, assuming that it's one of those kinds of Google Betas ...
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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Anyone can get it!

Imagine syncing your desktop browser bookmarks with your phone browser bookmarks...
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #5
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Oh, it's just the browser sync thingy. Gotcha.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
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I think we had a failure to communicate there. You can get Chrome Beta in the Market, for free...

It's also a much better browser than the standard Android browser, because it syncs bookmarks, handles tabs better, handles Javascript better, etc.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:09 AM   #7
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"Your device is not compatible with this item."
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:24 AM   #8
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yeah *sigh* this is the problem with Android updates/development etc and different phone vendors... some will get updated to Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich and some won't, depending on the phone vendor...
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:55 PM   #9
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If I didn't have another year on my contract and absolutely no disposable income, I'd switch to a phone that either has ICS or is on the really gonna get it list. It was the top of the line phone ... last year.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:15 PM   #10
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Yeah I got this as a Christmas sort of thing, but there's a good chance knowing it can help me professionally. (That's a developer's reason to buy anything tech, but it's kinda true)

(Depending on how motivated you are, maybe you can jailbreak it and run ICS on it anyway?)
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:24 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
I think if you read about three pages of reviews and nobody is complaining about permissions or security, it's probably good to go.

I think about 1% of apps require too much permission and 0.1% are actually trying to be malicious about it.

My list goes:

Google Chrome Beta
Gmail
Facebook
Twitter
Spotify
GasBuddy
Beautiful Live Weather
Podkicker (podcast catcher/player)
Tapatalk (read the cellar on the phone)
Alarm Clock Xtreme Free
Speed Test
Dropbox
Barcode Scanner
Google Wallet (killer app, only on Nexus phones)
My thoughts too.

Here are my apps so far.

Daybreaker live wallpaper
Dolphin browser. (I've not had time to explore the reasons why this is anybetter, faster or more fun that the default browser.)
Kindle ( no books yet )
Cartoon camera.
Aparatus lite ( not played it yet )
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:24 PM   #12
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Have you read about Apple's plan for the next (Mountain Lion) version inclusion of "Gatekeeper".

There are User settings, but the default is to allow permissions for approved developers,
and notify the User if Developer is not on the Apple listing. The User can then decide to override or not.

The beta reviews for ease of use so far seem quite good.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:43 AM   #13
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Apple's approach to completely managing the user experience has made the now the second richest corporation in the world. I wouldn't bet against them.
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