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NEW….Broadlands Mobile App is Ready to Download!

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by The Broadlands Community, May 11, 2017.

  1. The Broadlands Community

    The Broadlands Community Member

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    CONNECT WITH BROADLANDS!
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    We are excited to announce the launch of the Broadlands Mobile App to help you stay updated and informed on important community announcements and events.

    Some of the exciting features included on the app are:

    • Announcements – stay current on important activities and events in the community
    • Notifications – receive alerts related to the pool, community events, emergencies, trash and recycling and general announcements (you choose the alerts you wish to receive)
    • Calendar – shows all the upcoming neighborhood events
    • Pool Pass – allows you to add your pool pass to the app. Present it to the lifeguard and never worry about forgetting or losing your pool pass again! Parents: you can also add your kids' passes to the app
    To download the app, go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on your mobile device and search for “Broadlands HOA.”

    Or scan this QR code: [​IMG]

    If you have any questions or comments about the app, please contact Dan Mattock of the Technology Committee at broadlandsapp@gmail.com

    App Flyer: Broadlands HOA App Announcement
     
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  2. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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    Very cool. The notifications will be nice.
     
  3. jwf

    jwf Member

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    Why does it need the permissions it does?
     
  4. Dan M.

    Dan M. New Member

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    Thanks, JWF. The only permission the app requests is for you to allow it to send you "Notifications". These come in the form of push notifications on your phone and allow you to receive alerts related to the pool, community events, emergencies, trash & recycling and general items. You can opt out of any of these alerts by going to the "Settings" tab of the app and unchecking the respective alert boxes. Hope this helps and please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any other questions. Thanks! Dan
     
  5. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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    The android one wants access to storage, camera, and contacts. I don't see where those are used either
     
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  6. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Camera and storage are used by the Pool Pass functionality.
     
  7. jwf

    jwf Member

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    Why access to contacts?
     
  8. Dan M.

    Dan M. New Member

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    Thanks. The app shouldn't need to access your contacts. We will have a response on this soon.
     
  9. jwf

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    Thanks
     
  10. Dan M.

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    Thanks JWF,
    We tracked this down to the push notifications plugin that the app is using. After investigation, it appears that Google Cloud Messaging requires this permission for Android versions < 4.0.4. Some folks have not experienced this permission request on later versions of Android.

    Either way, the app is not doing any explicit lookups of any information on a user's device other than data the app itself has written to provide the desired functionality.
    Hope this helps.
    Thanks,
    Dan
     
  11. jwf

    jwf Member

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    Dan,

    Thanks for looking into that. BTW, I have Android 7.1.2 and still got the permission notice.

    I never thought that Broadlands was developing an app that was up to no good. Just wanted to know why it needed those permissions.
     
  12. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    Damn HOA nazi's! ;)
     
  13. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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