Why does gMaps use so many permissions?
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
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.
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