Why does the Stack Exchange app need the permission 'send MMS'? I do not see why it would be needed.

  • SE App Version: 1.0.85
  • OS: Android / ArchOS

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    To send your feedback? Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 18:03
  • @PatrickHofman I doubt it, since that would make more sense to be 'send SMS' and I can't find anything user-end that uses the MMS permission.
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 18:07
  • Don't understand MMS either. Mail is more common I think. The iOS app uses email to send feedback too I think. Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 18:09
  • @PatrickHofman There is an IOS version? That's new (Android nutter, so I never know what happens on the apple side) Anyway, I'll block it for now. It won't be missed.
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 18:13
  • There is indeed. And it works quite well. Keep this question open. We will see what the devs have to say. Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 18:14
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    I have the Android App installed myself and it does not request MMS or Email permissions. It requests Contacts and Storage permissions. What version of Android are you using?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 18:19
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    @animuson Marshmallow (6.0) I have never had those permissions asked. App is updated to latest version (because there has been no update in ages lol)
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 18:21
  • I'm running a 6.0.1-based ROM with SE app version 1.0.85 and also see the same as animuson. Privacy Guard does not list these capabilities for this app either. Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 18:24
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    @DanBrown Does it show you the same permissions when viewing the actual app in the Play Store? Are you using a carrier phone that might have a modified version of the OS? It sounds like the OS got messed up pretty badly if it's displaying two completely irrelevant permissions to you.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 18:57
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    android.stackexchange.com/questions/129179/… /cc @animuson. Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 19:03
  • @PatrickHofman Do you really think SE has set up a mobile device just to receive feedback per SMS/MMS? I very much doubt that. The app can be used to give direct feedback here at Meta.SE, and email is much more suitable for feedback than SMS or MMS. I guess it's either some "low granularity" in the quite imperfect permission system, that something only vaguely related to SMS/MMS is covered by the same permission – or the app is compiled with a target SDK below MM, and the "default stuff" on showing permissions is messed up.
    – Izzy
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 20:54
  • @animuson sorry for the wait- the app does indeed have It's 'normal permission set' on the play store. Reinstalling done little, so I got in contact with BUSH, and Argos (who own ArchOS, what my device runs) they said that other than minor modifications (bloatware, changed the system update agent, and a Always-encrypted policy) it is barely different to stock. Of course, I am using 1.0.85
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Sep 8, 2016 at 6:30
  • @DanBrown take a look in the link I posted in the previous comment. This is something with your device. (Something about ROM / UI specific, not sure about technical details myself) Commented Sep 8, 2016 at 11:35
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    OK. So I found something odd: in permissions manager, the app requests MMS and email. In the app manager, it requests the more logical Contacts and Storage. The two do correlate- if I disable MMS, stack exchange cannot access my storage (likewise with email and contacts) @ShadowWizard is correct - it's a ROM bug, albeit a small one that is just a typo.
    – Dan Brown
    Commented Sep 8, 2016 at 13:33


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