I have had a number of users report that my app is requesting root access (or su privileges). I don't have details from these users, just a few bad reviews on Amazon and one response to a survey I did (which I didn't get emails from, oops). I know that I didn't ask for root access, so there are a few possibilities that I'm trying to track down:
1. Users have malware on their device, which is asking for the root access.
2. Users misunderstand the standard permissions that the app asks for.
3. Amazon did something funky to my apk when they repackaged it
4. Some of the banner ads I served by AdMob or MobClix are of the scamware variety
5. Users mistake the text tips in my app for trying to get root (my app shows tips for droid users, and some of the tips indicate that root access is required to do certain things).
Any thoughts? Has anyone else experienced this? Any help would be welcome.
I installed my app (Droid Secret Tips) from Amazon Appstore myself and haven't seen any of this behavior, but that only addresses #3. It's hard to measure user perception and harder to track down banner ads which can vary by the minute.