19-07-2021 10:26 AM - last edited 22-07-2021 09:49 AM
WARNING!!!! Do NOT give consent to any app, including the new Samsung Health app, to snatch your phone number (or camera or microphone) when it is not necessary. This is a prime example of an attempt at invasion of privacy. Over the last couple of years I have had to put up with a forced OS update from Samsung that has crippled various features of my Galaxy S8 that I PAID FOR and now they are using the Samsung Health app as a spy vector to identify you and your activities.
The "Israeli" spyware firm NGO has agents inside various high tech companies like Samsung and are likely using the Samsung Health app as another vector to identify you in order to match your identity with your phone/GPS activities (which the Samsung Health app does keep track of). More info at these links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_(spyware)
This is SERIOUS folks! People, including media company professionals/journalists have been murdered using the information stolen by NGO's Pegasus spyware.
I heard one person in the forums here mention that you can "click th Continue button" to grant the Samsung health app permission and then immediately disable the permission after activating the health app, but this is NOT a solution! As soon as you click the Continue button, they have your ID/phone number and the deed is finished. You can Download the Google Health app instead but unfortunately Samsung only allows the Samsung Health app to access certain sensors including the Samsung phones built in Heart Monitor, but you can use other third party apps which use the phone's camera to take your pulse instead (if you trust the app's developers)
Granted spyware (including NGO's Pegasus) is generally a potential problem on all Android and iOS smartphones, the Galaxy S8 will be my last Samsung phone due to (1) Samsung's blatant lack of regard for its customers privacy and (2) for the fact that they also disabled various call features during the FORCED Android 9 update without our knowledge or consent: they promised to fix this issue in a future update, but now of course they tell us there will be no future OS updates for the S8 to correct this issue.
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22-07-2021 09:34 AM - last edited 22-07-2021 09:46 AM
Pugs1957 I didn't say Google is more trustworthy. It is in fact Google/Android's negligence that led to this spyware crisis. I recommended the Google Health application simply as a last resort alternative to Samsung Health app because Google Health does not ask for nonsensical permissions to your private data which has nothing to do with a Health app's intended functions. Again, even switching to Google Health means giving up even more features like access to the Heart Monitor sensor which Samsung has restricted only for its own apps.
As for the 10 update update for the S8, You are correct. I meant to say Google forced the Android 9 update on Galaxy S8 owners. The 10 update was supposed to undo the feature crippling that they did on the forced Android 9 update, but of course they later decided not to release 10 for the Galaxy S8; To paraphrase, Samsung says "sorry we lied, if you want your features back you have to pay another $1000 for a new phone"..
22-07-2021 09:37 AM in
Steven, Instead of spamming this thread with a nonsensical, unfunny and useless response, you could have at least tried to make yourself useful here by taking the time to do a couple of simple fact checks instead of adamantly INSISTING on being a useless P.O.S.
22-07-2021 09:40 AM - last edited 22-07-2021 09:48 AM
Pugs1957, As you can see lornemini's "responses" were only for spamming this thread, not for being helpful or providing anyone with assistance. Next time, I would recommend flagging his spam for what it is instead of bothering to respond to him.
22-07-2021 11:05 AM in