Mobile app developer Jackeey Wu defended himself against claims of producing Android spyware apps today while also underscoring some of the risks of Google’s mobile OS. He noted that some of the permissions his Wallpapers allegedly requested, such as for the web browser history and SMS message records, aren’t in the actual app. As requesting private information automatically flags the app in Android Market before the install, it’s virtually impossible to collect such information in secret, Wu said.
What few permissions Wu needs, such as basic phone access, are to help make features such as favorites work properly as a user changes devices. There’s no connection to user data, he said.
Lookout, the research team that had first made the accusations, has since scaled back its claims and in an update said there wasn’t any evidence of rogue behavior.