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A pop-up message says that Google Pinyin Input tries to access my contacts. Does anyone know why an input method needs to access a user's contacts? It is strange that this message popped up when I was NOT using the input method. I have never used it. The app was installed by default on a tablet made in China. Does anyone know if Google Pinyin Input is developed by Google's own engineers or outsourced to a certain country? I will immediately uninstall it if it is effectively an app developed by a third party in a certain country other than Google's own staff.

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Usually keyboard apps want to access your contacts for "predictive search" and auto-correction. If you don't like that, it should be fine to reject that request (and thus not giving them access) – without any "harm" to the app. Only it then won't know your contacts' names and cannot use them for auto-correction and "predictive search", of course.

That the request popped up while you were not even using the app might also be normal: depending on how it was programmed, it might want to update its dictionary while not being actively used. That it does so when you've never ever used it, is either bad programming or intentional bad habit (of course seen as a service to you, as it's always the case with pre-installed ).

If this worries you, you can go to Settings › Apps, switch to the "All" tab (to show all apps, including the pre-installed ones), scroll to the app, tap its entry, and see if you can uninstall or at least disable it.

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