Imagine you are looking for a keyboard application . Possibly the first thing you do is go to Google Play,…
Imagine you are looking for a keyboard application . Possibly the first thing you do is go to Google Play, search for “keyboard” and download any of the thousands that appear. You install it, you use it and, after a few days, you realize that the keyboard has consumed a few data. Few, but a few. What need is there for a keyboard, which has no online functions *, connect to the Internet ? Well, he will do it, even if you do not want to and even though that may compromise your security. You can do little to avoid it.
When you install an application, and for a long time, you have to grant him certain permits so he can do things with your mobile For example, WhatsApp asks you to access the microphone to send audios, to the camera to take photos, to the location to send your geolocation … However, no app asks for your permission to connect to the Internet , and that is a serious problem.
Android devices have a setting within the menu ” Applications “That allows you to configure the app so you can not use mobile data to connect to the Internet. This is fine, yes, but it’s not enough . Why? Because the app still has free WiFi bar to connect. Android allows it . There are some devices, such as OnePlus and some Chinese, that do allow to restrict access to WiFi, either via adjustment or via firewall. It is also allowed by some custom ROMs, such as Lineage OS. The problem is that Android, natively, no.
The fact that a user has to grant permission for an app to connect to the Internet can help you to be aware that this app is sending and receiving data . That way you could get the malware and infected apps they could not act with the same ease. It could be argued that Android malware is timely, but even if it is it is a reality that is there , and we must abide by it as soon as possible.
Android should ask the user if he grants permission to the apps to connect to both mobile data and WiFi. In the same way, Android should allow, in a native way, to restrict access to these connections, as can be done with the other permissions. At the end of the day, and returning to the example at the beginning, your keyboard has sent 2MB of data to go-to-know where to go with what information. You want that? Me, personally, no. Nevertheless, it is complicated that Google (and therefore, Android), allows to “layer” the Internet connection of an app , because there are two things that we are not taking into account: advertising and piracy.
Many free applications they feed on advertising , live on it. For the user to consume advertising is condition sine qua non that is connected to the Internet, since it is the only way to connect with Google services (or other advertising networks) to “download” ads and, in turn, that these networks can record the impact and performance of them. It’s Google’s business.
Another important aspect is piracy. Google wants you to be connected to the Internet because you want Verify that the app you are running is licensed and legitimate . That’s why there are many games that do not work without an Internet connection – Super Mario Run, for example. That could be solved if Android users we were willing to pay for the apps , although we already know that this is not the case.
We are condemned to be connected to the Internet , and unfortunately, as far as smartphones are concerned, either you are with the system or you are against it. There are many options if you are a root user, but that is something that is not available to everyone. Friends, Welcome to the world 2.0.
* Some keyboards have online functions to search for GIFs, make backup copies, etc.
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