The following shows the top 10 most common app permissions used by German mobile Apps on Google Play.
What Are the Most Common App Permissions Used by German Mobile Apps?
android.permission.INTERNET makes it possible for app publishers to create network sockets and use custom network protocols within their apps.95%Number of Apps40.84k+95%
This permission is not required for internet connection however, as the mobile browser provides all apps with the ability to send data to the internet. 95% of the apps from German publishers use the Internet Access permission.
Network Information Access
The android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE permission can be leveraged by app developers to enable their apps to view information about network connections.87%Number of Apps37.24k+87%
This information includes such things as which networks exist and which already have connections. 87% of the apps from German publishers use the Network Information Access permission.
Phone Sleep Mode Preventation
android.permission.WAKE_LOCK gives apps the ability to prevent the phone they are running on from going into sleep mode.64%Number of Apps27.56k+64%
This is good for apps, like YouTube, that get extended periods of engagement that do not necessarily require the user to touch the screen or otherwise interact physically with the device. 64% of the apps from German publishers use the Phone Sleep Mode Preventation permission.
Write External Storage
android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE makes it possible for app developers to enable their apps to modify or delete the contents of users’ SD cards.52%Number of Apps22.60k+52%
52% of the apps from German publishers use the Write External Storage permission.
com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE can be used within apps to allow them to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app’s service.50%Number of Apps21.44k+50%
It should be noted however, that using this service will incur data usage, and malicious apps could cause excess data usage. 50% of the apps from German publishers use the Push Notification permission.
Read External Storage
The android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission allows app developers to enable their apps to read the contents of user SD cards.47%Number of Apps20.38k+47%
47% of the apps from German publishers use the Read External Storage permission.
Fine Location Access
With android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION apps can find the precise location of the devices they are running on.42%Number of Apps18.25k+42%
In other words, apps can figure out where their users are. This is achieved using GPS or network location sources, like Wi-Fi and cell towers. However, in order for these location services to function, users must turn them on. 42% of the apps from German publishers use the Fine Location Access permission.
android.permission.VIBRATE makes it possible for app builders to give their apps control over the vibrating function of the devices they are running on.41%Number of Apps17.51k+41%
41% of the apps from German publishers use the Vibration permission.
Course Location Access
App publishers can use android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION within their apps to give them the ability to generate the approximate location of the devices they are running on.40%Number of Apps17.42k+40%
This location is generated by a combination of location services, including network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi. Similar to the android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION permission, these location services must be enabled by the user for the app to use them. 40% of the apps from German publishers use the Course Location Access permission.
android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE40%Number of Apps17.18k+40%
40% of the apps from German publishers use the android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE permission.
This chart provides a near real-time ranking of the 10 most common app permissions used by German mobile Apps on Google Play.
Currently, Internet Access is the most common, followed by Network Information Access, Phone Sleep Mode Preventation, Write External Storage, and Push Notification.
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