Monday, 20 November, 2017

Google threatens to remove popular apps that use accessibility services

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Frank Williams | 13 November, 2017, 11:42

While the intended goal is for developers to create apps for users with disabilities, the API is often used for other functionality (to overlay content, fill in text fields, etc.). As the service was designed for people with disabilities, if someone uses it for other reasons, Google said it will have that authority to remove such apps from its Play Store.

Action required: If you aren't already doing so, you must explain to users how your app is using the 'android.permission.BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE' to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps.

The move comes as Google aims to crack down on malicious apps.

The problem that Google is trying to solve is the potential security risk involved in allowing apps to read data from other apps by using the API. If you do not want to disable apps that use your battery, you will learn exactly why an application is hogging too much battery.

A bunch of handy apps on Android that let you do things like autofill passwords, copy content to your clipboard, and automate tasks, may soon no longer work on your mobile device because Google is changing the rules for accessing its platform's Accessibility Services, reports Android Police. Your app must comply with our Permissions policy and the Prominent Disclosure requirements of our User Data policy.

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Alternatively, you can choose to unpublish the app. So the tech company sent an email to the developers, saying that, "unless developers can describe how the app properly uses the Accessibility Services to help users who are disabled, it will need to remove all requests for accessibility services or it will be taken off of the Play Store". The email instructs developers to inform users how they use the Accessibility services.

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The developers of Google has completed the process of modernization of the Android operating system 8.1 Oreo.

As per XDA Developers, the Android 8.1 Oreo update has a new feature that will automatically flag apps as inactive and will deprioritize the cache files for the specific app. If we take this literally then even an app that's meant to be used by disabled people can be banned because it allows users that are not disabled to use it.

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