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Topic # 83197 12-May-2011 11:50
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I use the 2Degrees Mobile Balance widget – which works a treat, but I am curious to know why the application requires access to: (1) my phone contacts, and to (2) read SMS messages? Can anyone shed any light on this?

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  Reply # 468237 12-May-2011 11:54
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dafman: I use the 2Degrees Mobile Balance widget – which works a treat, but I am curious to know why the application requires access to: (1) my phone contacts, and to (2) read SMS messages? Can anyone shed any light on this?


To make it work it possibly selects your Balance contact and then relays the SMS/Broadcast message that Two Degrees sends back? 




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  Reply # 468317 12-May-2011 14:34
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Hi...

Developer of the widget here..

Reading SMS - is how it knows if an SMS has been sent so it can update afterwards..

Other permissions are for the advertising, and crash reporting.. 

Nothing personal is ever sent back to me, even crash reports are anonymous - except if you put your e-mail in..

Now i remember -= contacts is to access the call log, to get the last call identifier, that way it knows if an call has actually been made, and will update accordinly..

the android system on occasion, will send out the "call finished" message to a app, so i check the call log to see if a call has actually been made.







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  Reply # 468385 12-May-2011 17:01
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where can the widget be downloaded from???





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  Reply # 468393 12-May-2011 17:26
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From the android market,search 2degrees and it will come up

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  Reply # 468434 12-May-2011 19:01
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@ wintersm

Its a great little app, I came across it within days of buying my android and find it invaluable to monitor my data and minute usage, many thanks for your invested time!



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  Reply # 468511 12-May-2011 22:06
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wintersm: Hi...

Developer of the widget here..

Reading SMS - is how it knows if an SMS has been sent so it can update afterwards..

Other permissions are for the advertising, and crash reporting.. 

Nothing personal is ever sent back to me, even crash reports are anonymous - except if you put your e-mail in..

Now i remember -= contacts is to access the call log, to get the last call identifier, that way it knows if an call has actually been made, and will update accordinly..

the android system on occasion, will send out the "call finished" message to a app, so i check the call log to see if a call has actually been made.





Ok, thanks - makes sense. Great app - thx for all your effort. 

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  Reply # 468634 13-May-2011 10:08
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I have to agree this is a great app, and I hope the guys at 2 degree's have given you some free credit as a thank you.




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  Reply # 478275 6-Jun-2011 18:40
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Was there recently an update for this widget?
Mine has stopped displaying the balance unless I open the app?

Is this something that other people have noticed too?

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  Reply # 478290 6-Jun-2011 19:15
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Also mine has reduced in size, very narrow now.

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  Reply # 478294 6-Jun-2011 19:31
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nomiss7: Was there recently an update for this widget?
Mine has stopped displaying the balance unless I open the app?

Is this something that other people have noticed too?


I updated friday, it was a major update, including changing where properties are stored, you might need to go into the settings, and flick into the "show on widget" settings and update in there what is shoing where. The preferences should have moved over, but sometimes it may not if the settings are not 100%.. 




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  Reply # 478296 6-Jun-2011 19:32
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mattRSK: Also mine has reduced in size, very narrow now.


I have that problem as I dont have my launcher able to rotate, sometimes being in a rotated app and it crashes out, then the widget goes into its landscape layout.. I dont have a solution for that (I dont think there is one)..

 




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  Reply # 478297 6-Jun-2011 19:32
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wintersm:
nomiss7: Was there recently an update for this widget?
Mine has stopped displaying the balance unless I open the app?

Is this something that other people have noticed too?


I updated friday, it was a major update, including changing where properties are stored, you might need to go into the settings, and flick into the "show on widget" settings and update in there what is shoing where. The preferences should have moved over, but sometimes it may not if the settings are not 100%.. 


Perfect, thanks for your quick response Laughing

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