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Google the dealer meets Google the player

The Google Play Store is turning off the tap on apps asking for SMS and call log permissions. While that plunges apps into a data drought, Google’s own products may gain a competitive edge

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Here’s how data-thirsty the apps on your phone are: HDFC Bank’s app won’t install until you permit it to access phone calls and SMS permissions. The same goes for ICICI Bank. Then there is Airtel TV. The first thing Airtel’s OTT app wants is access to your photos and videos. It goes on to ask…

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