Risky Android Apps
Since I got my first tablet, I’ve seen an increasing trend in smartphone applications requesting more than the needed rights for the device upon install. Bit9 released today that more than 290,000 apps were questionable with “high level access” on the devices...see this posting in NetworkWorld. I find this to be a bit on the commercial side. Specially when Bit9 is developing a “reputation” database. Seriously, why does a file exploring utility need access to my phone call details?
Anyway, the point is as a developer I know what is needed to provide the functionality within an application. Many times - I don’t see the need nor understand all the access requirements. On the other hand, if I put my business analytics hat on, BAM - I see dollar signs. Maybe it is all about location, location, location.