"Galaxy Apps", the package manager for the bloatware pre-installed apps on my Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), requires access to my contacts. In fact, it plain out refuses to run as long as I don't give it access:

Why does it need them?

(I decided to grant access, since I don't want any security risks due to outdated apps, but I'm still curious.)

  • Galaxy apps doesn't have any app that play store doesn't have. So, in my mobile, I've simply disabled it. Nov 4, 2017 at 18:11
  • @WrichikBasu: And you are sure that Play Store will now keep you pre-installed Samsung apps up-to-date even though they weren't installed through Play Store?
    – Heinzi
    Nov 4, 2017 at 20:08
  • At least in my cases, it does. For example, if Google app comes preinstalled, play store will keep it updated. Nov 4, 2017 at 20:13
  • @WrichikBasu: That makes sense for Google apps, but what about the Samsung apps (E-Mail, Calendar, etc.)?
    – Heinzi
    Nov 5, 2017 at 13:06
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    Go to the play store and try to find your apps under the installed apps section in My Apps. If they're listed there, then you can update them from there. But calender updates are never released, and I can't use their mail, so I can't comment. Nov 5, 2017 at 13:40


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