We start a new series called “Creepy Google” 🙂 As I was setting up the Sony Xperia L2 I downloaded the GooglePAY app (formerly known as Android Pay) so I can test the NFC and mobile payment feature of the phone. Surprise surprise, the app refused to start until I gave Google Play Services the microphone permission.
The above was initiated by the Google PAY app. The app keeps going in cycles asking for a change in the permission. If I deny it, it spins for a bit and asks for it again.
I am not using the Google Assistant and I had previously turned off Google Voice Typing. I’m not fond of talking to machines unless they are Cylons 🙂
So I gave it the permission, the Google PAY started and got it setup. If I turn off the permission, and the Google PAY app leaves memory (or however apps go to sleep due to inactivity), it does the same song and dance again – namely it refuses to start and keeps asking for permission.
So this is not just limited to the initial set-up of the app, but continuous use…