What is the Downloads app for?

September 9, 2016 at 12:43:27
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Android 4.4.2

A shortcut on the home screen is labeled "Downloads".
What is this app for? What does it do?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
September 9, 2016 at 13:16:32
Uh, I think it's a shortcut to your downloads?

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#2
September 9, 2016 at 15:14:54
Is that all? It isn't even an app? Huh.

Well, maybe I'll click on it, if it doesn't do anything....

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
September 9, 2016 at 15:21:53
The thing has several permissions, including, for example,
"Full network access". That doesn't sound to me like a simple
shortcut to a folder.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
September 10, 2016 at 21:02:22
Well that's not a normal icon that the OS has created so perhaps a 3rd party app created it.
Have you clicked on it to see what happens?

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#5
September 11, 2016 at 02:45:01
Jeff does the downloads icon appear the same as the one in this link?:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/...

I use iOS as my mobile OS so I can't say definitively what the icon represents but is it that the permissions are needed to reflect any app that "may" be downloaded? Eg a downloaded audio recording app would need at least access to the microphone?

Anyways just shooting ideas your way. The linked post doesn't raise any red flags.

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#6
September 11, 2016 at 10:05:53
I have not clicked on it yet. I know I'm being excessively cautious
in this particular case.

The icon is certainly part of Android 4.4.2. It was not installed by
a third-party program.

The icon is not identical to the green square with big white down
arrow on the page you linked. Instead it is a black circle with gray
rim and big green down arrow.

In the list of ALL apps on the tablet, the icon for "Downloads" is
identical to the icon for "Download Manager", which, come to
think of it, I have also never clicked on. One reason I asked about
the Downloads icon, not the Download Manager icon, is that the
Downloads icon is on one of the home screens.

At a quick look, it appears that the permissions for the two apps
are identical. Each lists nine permissions.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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