I noticed that, by default, the current version of the Google Play Store has access to the PHONE permission.

For what purpose does the Google Play Store use the PHONE permission?

  • There is no such thing as a PHONE permission. Do you mean the CALL_PHONE (make calls) permission – or the permission group PHONE_CALLS? – Izzy Jul 22 '18 at 10:38
  • @Izzy In Android Oreo 8.1, it just calls the permission PHONE. Internally, I'm not sure which one it actually is. How do I tell? – RockPaperLizard Jul 22 '18 at 18:08
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    Ah. According to the permission overview it's the permission group (need to update my list). Then it's most likely READ_PHONE_STATE they are after, for all kind of device IDs. To tell for sure, you'd need to analyze the APK to check the permissions listed in the manifest. – Izzy Jul 22 '18 at 22:29
  • For **ring**/locate your phone from your account settings myaccount.google.com/… – beeshyams Aug 15 '18 at 15:01

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