quote: Just to cite another example of why I've been getting tired of Google for some time, in order to do a Maps app upgrade, I have to give Google new permission to read my contacts and control near field communication, just to use GPS??
quote: It's not some creepy conspiracy to "steal" your information, Maps NEEDS access to your contacts to provide you better service.
quote: Aside from that, no doubt, the functionality you describe is there. However, there is no granular functionality based permission. When I grant an app permissions to these things, its all or nothing. There is no way for me to say "You can use my contacts for this, not that" for example.
quote: that I am somehow a "tin-hat wearer". Try making your point WITHOUT being offensive to the person you are replying to.
quote: My whole point is it takes more than bells and whistles for me to give up my privacy. That's my personal view.
quote: And yet without this permission, I can't tell Google Now "Navigate, John's house." from wherever I am, and have it automatically do it for me.
quote: Nothing prevents google maps from replying "please turn on contacts or else I can't do this for you."
quote: I already know how to get to John's house.
quote: Then you don't need GPS OR Maps. Not a valid criticism though, more like trolling.
quote: I have found a couple of services of Google's valuable outside of search, but I don't want to sign up to a social-networking service just to use them. Google Voice was one of them.