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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0029363Marketplace ExtensionsGoogle Play ServicesPublic2020-03-25 16:41
ReporterMark AlexanderAssigned ToDavid Clarke 
PriorityMediumSeverityC - GeneralReproducibility100%
Status ClosedResolutionFixed 
Product Version 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0029363: Google Play Services: Admob update has a COARSE_LOCATION permission which is not required
DescriptionWhen I uploaded an app to the Play store with the new admob SDK, I was warned that users will now have to agree to give the COARSE_LOCATION permission for my game on install. This permission is flagged as "Dangerous" by Google, and in general, users do NOT like this kind of thing unless they can see why it's justified. So, I would recommend removing that permission from the extension, and instead simply documenting that it can be added if the user wants it. It's not something that most people will need, and it will save a lot of complaints from users later I think, and as long as it's documented that it can be added, I can see no reason not to remove it.
Steps To ReproduceOpen the project supplied.
Open the Mobile Ads extension
Click the "Android" extra platform
Note the permission ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION
2.x Runtime Found In2.1.4.212
2.x Runtime Verified In


Mark Alexander

2018-04-25 09:38


gps.yyz (46,751 bytes)


2019-07-10 15:17

Adminstrator   ~0064394

Still in v3.1.3

David Clarke

2019-10-29 16:28

Developer   ~0065067

Last edited: 2020-02-11 12:27

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Permission removed.


2020-03-04 11:52

Adminstrator   ~0065427

Fix will be in v3.2.0 of the asset.


2020-03-25 16:41

Adminstrator   ~0065526

Fixed in v3.2.0 of the MP asset, which will be published asap.