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Android Messages

Android Messages

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App Description

The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:

Android Messages makes it easy to communicate with anyone by using SMS, MMS, and more. Stay in touch with friends and family, send group texts, and share your favorite pictures, videos, audio messages.

Key features:

Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.
Easy search: Search through contacts and conversation threads to find exactly what you are looking for.
Purposeful design: A colorful, intuitive design makes communicating faster and more fun.
More control: Block people you don’t want to hear from, and archive messages. No interruptions when you don’t want them!
Express yourself: Send audio messages, emoji 😃, stickers, or your location.
Enhanced features: On supported carriers, you can send messages over Wi-Fi or your data network, see when friends have read your message, and more.

Android Messages is supported on devices running Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean, and above.
Sensitive Permissions Used By This App
Permission What Why
Change network connectivity Allows applications to change network connectivity state. It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Full network access Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Send sms messages Can send SMS messages Internal
Read phone status and identity Can read phone's current state information like in-phone call, phone signal, carrier, device ID, and phone number Internal
Record audio Can record audio through microphone on device Internal
Take pictures and videos Can use camera or flashlight on the phone Internal
Read your contacts Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history Internal
Receive text messages (sms) Can receive SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Edit your text messages (sms or mms) Allows the app to write to SMS messages stored on your tablet or SIM card. Malicious apps may delete your messages. Not analyzed yet
Precise location (gps and network-based) Can use user's precise location Not analyzed yet
Read your text messages (sms or mms) Can read SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Approximate location (network-based) Can use user's approximate location Not analyzed yet
Directly call phone numbers Can call phone numbers Not analyzed yet
Modify or delete the contents of your usb storage Can write to your phone's USB storage Not analyzed yet
Read your own contact card Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others. Not analyzed yet
Modify your contacts Can edit contacts on device Not analyzed yet
Receive text messages (mms) Allows an application to monitor incoming MMS messages. Not analyzed yet

Privacy Analysis

Version of the app analyzed:

2.1.167 (3887065-38.phone)

App was last analyzed by Privacy Grade on:

03/17/2015

Why does this app have this grade?

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