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Open Garden: Internet Sharing

Open Garden: Internet Sharing

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App Description

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

Open Garden shares Internet connections between multiple phones and tablets.
No root access is required. It is similar to a Wi-Fi hotspot, but it uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct.

To use it, install it on both your phone and your tablet, so they can connect.

Open Garden does not work on Android 4.4.x (KitKat) due to several VPN bugs
https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=62714
https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=62588
https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=61948

Features:
✓ Share your Mobile Internet (Wi-Fi or 3G/4G) for free with your Android phones or tablets
✓ Access more Wi-Fi hotspots through other phones and tablets running Open Garden
✓ Stay connected to the Internet automatically whenever your tablet doesn't have access to Wi-Fi
✓ Extend the range of existing networks by linking multiple devices together
✓ Faster and more reliable Internet by crowdsourcing connectivity from nearby devices running Open Garden

Open Garden requires Bluetooth and to be installed on multiple devices, such as your Android phone and tablet. Once installed, devices will automatically connect (in about 2 minutes). Wi-Fi direct is supported where available.

Your Android tablet can now access mobile Internet coming from your phone anywhere they have no Wi-Fi. No buttons to press and nothing to configure, everything is done automatically once the app is installed on all devices.

When more devices running Open Garden are nearby, they automatically interconnect to create a peer-to-peer mesh network.

To detect nearby peers, we use location services. That includes GPS, if no other location service is available and functioning. Connections can also be initiated manually using NFC - just tap the devices together!

The Open Garden app is completely free. Open Garden usage is covered under the same phone data plan you have and no tethering or hotspot plan is needed.

Webpage: https://opengarden.com
Twitter: @opengarden https://twitter.com/OpenGarden
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Sensitive Permissions Used By This App
Permission What Why
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
Control near field communication Allows applications to perform I/O operations over NFC. It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Find accounts on the device Can use user's account information stored on the phone Internal
Pair with bluetooth devices Can connect to user's Bluetooth devices Internal
Precise location (gps and network-based) Can use user's precise location Internal
Approximate location (network-based) Can use user's approximate location Internal
Full network access Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for social networking services
Change network connectivity Allows applications to change network connectivity state. Not analyzed yet
Access bluetooth settings Allows applications to discover and pair bluetooth devices. Not analyzed yet
Connect and disconnect from wi-fi Can connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points Not analyzed yet
Third Party Libraries Used by this App
Library Usage
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Privacy Analysis

Version of the app analyzed:

2.8.8

App was last analyzed by Privacy Grade on:

12/08/2016

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