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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? – Patrick Hofman Sep 7 '16 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 Sep 7 '16 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. – Patrick Hofman Sep 7 '16 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 Sep 7 '16 at 18:13
  • There is indeed. And it works quite well. Keep this question open. We will see what the devs have to say. – Patrick Hofman Sep 7 '16 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 Sep 7 '16 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 Sep 7 '16 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. – Alexander O'Mara Sep 7 '16 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 Sep 7 '16 at 18:57
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    android.stackexchange.com/questions/129179/… /cc @animuson. – Shadow Sep 7 '16 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 Sep 7 '16 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 Sep 8 '16 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) – Shadow Sep 8 '16 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 Sep 8 '16 at 13:33

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