Originally Posted by bountyhunter644
So alp can you give me a laymen explaination of what exactly your app does and why a noob and/or a experienced user would find this app useful?
Sure and thanks for a constructive question
The basic idea is that it contains a plain-english guide on all the basics of security a new user should know. The text of the guide is the same as my free guide on the web which has been read over 100,000 times with hundreds of messages, emails, and posts of people thanking me for the effort.
(Incidentally the guide is released under the creative commons license and if it were printed to a book it would be roughly 25 pages of text. It was something that I have been working on and updating from time to time over the past two years -- since right when the original Droid came out).
In the app however, the guide is formatted nicely for a phone or tablet -- you can even change the font size for easier reading.
The content of the guide is written to teach about the Android community, how to check permissions, location tracking, privacy and more. But most of all, it teaches people how to understand these things in the CONTEXT
of what they are doing with their phone and Android specifically. Location tracking can sound very scary or very useful, depending on what context it is being used in and for.
It also gives plain-english descriptions of each of the most common and important permissions, and color codes them based on how dangerous they are. The explanations that are given in the Market have gotten much better over the past year, but some are still very technical or vague, and dont help users understand why an app would want a permission.
Take the "Read Contacts" permission for example. The Android Market unhelpfully explains it like so:
Allows an application to read all of the contact (address) data stored on your device. Malicious applications can use this to send your data to other people.
That sounds pretty scary and doesn't really give a user any idea why an app might request it.
My guide tries to explain further that many social apps, SMS replacement apps, social games, and more, might want this permission just to help you "invite a friend" and help provide typing suggestions for you.
So, as you can see, the intended audience is for new users who aren't yet knowledgeable in the context of Android and smartphones.
For tech savvy people, it can also be a quick reference, or something they can give to their friends who are less tech savvy.
I figured a lot of us have introduced our friends to Android with great enthusiasm. but I wouldn't want to toss my friend out into the wild west without teaching them what to do first.
So basically the idea was, where better to learn about the security of your phone, than on your phone?
Additionally the app offers:
- The ability to search for a permission
- A full list of any apps using that permission
- An option to filter system apps
- An option to view the complete technical permission list, which includes, uncommon, unused, and system-only permission
- The ability to see the developer documentation of each permission
Hope that covers it all