Wednesday, 24 August 2016

See Things Must Know About Pokemon Go Game App Permissions

Pokemon Go game lovers i have few questions for you, How much do you care about app permissions? Are you aware of what Pokémon Go, for example, requests from your handset? And how it differs from other popular apps? If not, read on as we explain.
The first thing you should know is that there are some required permissions that you need to accept to begin to play Pokémon Go, such as access to the device's camera, GPS and internet connection. Additionally, you must insert your name and email to start the game, meaning you need a Pokémon Club or Google account. Other permissions, however, are more nebulous.

Comparing popular apps
With a Galaxy S6 running Android 6.0 Marshmallow (API 23), I downloaded Pokémon Go, Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram in order to compare how these services request access to user information.

Below you can see the required permissions for the use of these four applications from the moment you launch the app for the first time. This table relates only to the permissions required upon launching and setting up the app, so between WhatsApp and Telegram, I make a distinction:

permissions explained
Looking at the table above, it seems frightening to have to give so much access to this game before you even begin playing it. And yes, all of the requirements are made before you create an account.
Google recommends that developers inform the user as quickly as possible to what type of access applications will need when they are in use:
Telegram requires that you first add your country and mobile phone number to proceed to the app permissions.

WhatsApp begins by requesting permission to access your contacts, photos, and media files before you log-in to the service. In my opinion, this is less invasive because, if you don't want to provide such permissions, you can stop the app configuration at this time without having to provide your phone number or country in which you live.

Use of your location
The requirement of access to your location is essential for Pokémon Go, after all, the game is centered around you hunting Pokémon in the real world, right? This is explained further in Pokémon Go's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy:

"The App is a location based game. We collect and store information about your (or your authorized child’s) location when you (or your authorized child) use our App and take game actions that use the location services made available through your (or your authorized child’s) device’s mobile operating system, which makes use of cell/mobile tower triangulation, wifi triangulation, and/or GPS."

Use of the Camera
The camera is used during the game to support the augmented reality component which blends the real world with the virtual one. Hunting Pokémon in the streets, woods, or even at home, you need to launch the camera when a target is found.

Access to your contacts
Why does Pokémon Go need access to your contacts? At this time, we're not quite sure. You can deny this permission and it doesn't seem to make a whole lot of difference. The only visible effect is that need to repeatedly deny the permission each time you open the app.

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