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Permission to alter/delete contents of USB storage..

by christy / April 23, 2013 8:49 AM PDT

Whenever I want to download and install an app from Google Play[unto SAMSUNG Galaxy Pad..... I have to OK permission to allow to alter contents of the USB storage... What does this actually mean ? What are the complications of this ? I do not want anything important to be deleted automatically...



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It's a security check so you know what the app needs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2013 8:52 AM PDT

If you dive into Android and how you have to check off what permissions you need when you write your app, these same permissions are revealed to the end user so everyone is clear about what the app is allowed to do.

I see no complication beside end users may wonder what they are OK'ing. Maybe you mean implication?

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Implication of installation an app
by christy / April 24, 2013 12:30 AM PDT

Thanks. So what are the implications, if any ? Maybe other data will be over written for want of storage space ? Or files with the same name will be exchanged ?


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by eugenerudenko / April 24, 2013 12:34 AM PDT

In any cases you will be warned if anything like that is going to happen

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Yes, that can happen.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2013 1:04 AM PDT

For example an antivirus (which is still a matter of debate) would need all permissions as it will need to do that.

So yes and yes.

Unless the code is open source you do have to trust the developer a little.

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