Many, many apps seem to need the 'send MMS' permission, even though there is no clear reason why, including but not limited to the Stack exchange app. Why?

Device: Bush SPIRA B3 5 running ArchOS (Official ROM where the permissions manager.... Works really well, for once) on android 6.0. No system updates available AFAIK. The device is encrypted (I was not allowed to have it unencrypted, for security reasons.)

Seller: Argos UK


Screenshot provided by concerned friend. I agree with him though

Edit: I have read the possible dupe here and although it covers it quite well, so I shall be more specific: Why does the stack exchange app need send MMS/email the, permissions?

This question is also in meta Why does the Stack Exchange app need permission to send MMS?

  • @beeshyams alright, possibly. It still does not explain why these two always seem enabled together, or why Stack exchange (for example) needs it, though I'll take that one to meta. – Dan Brown Sep 7 '16 at 17:32
  • Dan , if that is your specific question, you could edit your question to include a reference to the dupe and ask, IMO – beeshyams Sep 7 '16 at 17:35
  • Only reason that makes sense is for SHARING. Without the permission you can't share within the app natively, but you could with a 3rd party app. So the permission, somewhere, needs to be enabled. If the permission in question is still a concern, disable the permission across the board. Allow a 3rd party app, that you trust, be your SHARE app and you should be good. – HasH_BrowN Sep 7 '16 at 18:26
  • From my experience, I strongly suspect that's because of some "low granularity" in the quite imperfect permission system, that something only vaguely related to SMS/MMS is covered by the same permission. Especially with that "fake control" introduced with MM, things are really a mess (as they don't even give you real control, one entry covers too many things you'd rather need separate). – Izzy Sep 7 '16 at 20:46

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