Shared vs Private Location


mblox.pngLast week I posted about Teens and Mobile Data and concluded that their increased use of data has opened up new opportunities. Looking at the next age group up, a different report from mBlox shows that 89% of consumers aged 18-24 spend between 1 and 5 hours per day on their mobile device.

If you are creating a new app, the report reveals some interesting things that users will and won’t put up with. The conclusions of the report are best absorbed via a new infographic at mashable.com. Most of the insights from the report are obvious. However the following one is more involved…

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This means that there’s scope for apps to distinguish, to the user, between using location just on the device and hence keeping it private vs sending it to a server. Blindly asking for permission to use location might not be enough.

Obviously, apps that rely on sending location to a server to filter returned data can’t do anything about this problem. However, other apps that, for example, just use location to show it on a map or use it to filter a data set on the device might gain more users (or lose less users) if they can tell the user their location isn’t being shared.

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