Warren Parad created CB-11875:

             Summary: Cordova-Plugin-Geolocation requires feature 
android.hardware.location.gps (android 21+)
                 Key: CB-11875
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CB-11875
             Project: Apache Cordova
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Android, Plugin Geolocation
            Reporter: Warren Parad
            Priority: Critical

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 

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.


The Google Play Team

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