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From "ASF GitHub Bot (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-11875) Cordova-Plugin-Geolocation requires feature android.hardware.location.gps (android 21+)
Date Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:46:20 GMT


ASF GitHub Bot commented on CB-11875:

Github user stevengill commented on the issue:
    @mikepsinn it would be great to add a note in the readme! 
    We will see how this change affects users. If lots of people complain over time, we may
end up going the other way with GPS not needed by default and users having to manually add
the permission + uses-feature. 

> Cordova-Plugin-Geolocation requires feature android.hardware.location.gps (android 21+)
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CB-11875
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Android, Plugin Geolocation
>            Reporter: Warren Parad
>            Assignee: Audrey So
>              Labels: easyfix, newbie, patch
>   Original Estimate: 24h
>  Remaining Estimate: 24h
> Hello Google Play Developer,
> We're writing to let you know that the apps listed at the end of this email may be affected
by an upcoming platform change.
> Action required: If your app requires GPS hardware to operate properly, you will need
to explicitly add the "android.hardware.location.gps" uses-feature to your manifest.
> What’s changing
> We’re making a change on October 15th, 2016 that will affect apps targeting API version
21 (Android 5.0, Lollipop) or higher that use ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION but don't explicitly have
the "android.hardware.location.gps" uses-feature. Going forward, these apps will be available
to install on devices that don't have GPS hardware. In most cases this won't be an issue since
Wi-Fi and Cell-ID based location provides high enough fidelity for the typical operation of
these apps. However, any apps that require GPS hardware, such as GPS navigators, should explicitly
add the *"android.hardware.location.gps" uses-feature* to their manifest.
> If your app requires GPS to function properly and you do not include android.hardware.location.gps
in your manifest declaration, your users may have a poor app experience.
> Also, if you’re using the fused location provider and wish to receive the most accurate
location samples from GPS (i.e. with PRIORITY_HIGH_ACCURACY), you must include the "android.hardware.location.gps"
feature in your app’s manifest to ensure that Google Play only distributes your app to devices
with GPS sensors.
> You can read more about this change in the Android Developers Help Center.
> Regards,
> The Google Play Team

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