Yesterday, Rovio kicked-off December with the release of the latest version to Angry Birds Seasons. The Android version of the updated app came requesting a modified series of permissions upon installation. Any time an established app suddenly changes-up its needed permissions, it’s something that loyal users are going to notice and feel entitled to some explanation for. After all, considering the attention CarrierIQ has been receiving this week, many mobile users are being reminded of the potential for apps to be spying on them. Not wanting anyone to get the wrong idea, Rovio has now explained just why Angry Birds Seasons needs the permissions it does.
The game uses coarse location data in order to target its advertisements more effectively to users. Rovio isn’t trying to track you, and doesn’t bother needing more precise location data, since having your general vicinity is enough to deliver ads.
Likewise, reading your phone state isn’t so the app can spy on what phone calls you’re making, but again an ad-related concern. Rovio says that its goal there is to keep track of what ads it’s already showed you, so it doesn’t keep sending the same ad to the phone over and over again.
SMS rights are easier-still to explain; that’s just for in-app purchases, letting you get billed for features you unlock by means of your wireless provider.
Now that that’s all cleared-up, the game is available for download over at the Android Market.
Source: Android Central