Why does gMaps use so many permissions?

Hello!

You are increasingly asking us a question: “Why gMaps uses so many permissions?” In this article you will get a detailed answer to this question.

At the moment, the list of permissions is as follows:

  • Use an anonymous Microsoft account
  • Use information about your device
  • Use your location
  • Use your media library
  • Use your device network services
  • Use your phone
  • Use any of your Windows Phone sensors
  • Access your browser
  • Use your contacts
  • Use your maps
  • Use your device’s speech recognition and text-to-speech (TTS) services
  • Use your microphone

Let’s look at each permission separately

Use an anonymous Microsoft account

– for anonymous way to enable simple latitude (without account creation).

Use information about your device

– for analytics and error tracking handling. When you get a crash, we suggest you (after your approval) to send that information to us (in the crash report email).

Use your location

– to track your location on the map.

Use your media library

– to save screenshots to the media library. You have an option to share your map with your friends along with an extra information about a location, place name, etc. You can find this feature at the main menu (this permissions is probably going to be removed later)

Use your device network services

– to access network services to get map, location and places information.

Use your phone

– you can call places if they have a phone number defined. The phone number you can find on the place details page.

Use any of your Windows Phone sensors

– GPS (location services), compass, etc for map/orientation purposes.

Access your browser

– you can navigate to a place details page to get more information which is not accessible from the app. Please check the litte ‘i’ button at the place details page appbar.

Use your contacts

– if any of your contact has address defined then you can build a route to that contact with two taps. Really quick and convenient. Try it. You can find this option at the main menu.

Use your maps

– for offline map support purposes.

Use your device’s speech recognition and text-to-speech (TTS) services and Use your microphone

-this permissions are related to voice search ability.

We also excluded some permissions that are no longer used from the last version of gMaps:

  • Use the photos in your media library
  • Use your music
  • Use the media items that are currently playing

As you can see, we are closely monitoring your questions and wishes, which you can post on our uservoice and on our accounts in Facebook & Twitter.

Update 7/10/2016: we’re bringing back “use the photos in your media library” permission, it is required to have this on for apps with advertising.

Thank you for staying our users! See you soon! 🙂

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