Google to remove apps if found in violation

Google to remove apps if found in violation

Google is trying to clamp down on apps that have been using their access to Accessibility Services API on an Android smartphone.

According to Google, all apps that fail to meet its requirements within 30 days will be removed from Play Store. LastPass, Universal Copy, Clipboard Actions, Cerberus, Tasker, and Network Monitor Mini are just a few examples of applications heavily using this API. If yes, why aren't they being removed as well?

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.

A new feature in Android 8.1 Developer Preview, which is a test-bed for all the new functionalities that will most certainly make it to stock Android down the line, is a built-in wakelock detector that will potentially save you a lot of battery by identifying and highlighting apps that have prevented the phone from going into deep sleep. You can already see which application hog too much battery, but the upcoming update will also allow you to see why certain apps are battery draining.

"Google is most likely cracking down on Accessibility Services use due to security reasons".

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Google has issued a stern warning to multiple developers, questioning them on how they use accessibility services and APIs in their apps.

In an email (embedded below) sent out last week and shared on Reddit, Google told developers that it plans to remove all apps that utilize the Accessibility service from the official Play Store unless the Accessibility service is actually being used to power a feature for users with disabilities.

The support team wrapped up the email by adding that if the developers don't follow the rules, they were free to unpublish their apps. But in case you don't need it, then you have the option to either close the app and turn location services off to conserve your battery life.

We can make out that Google is trying to reduce the storage space concerns of the Android users by reducing the size of the inactive apps and save space. As the API can be used by developers to affect other apps with their apps, this can leave them open to potential data theft. That is because even apps designed specifically for disabled people can be banned because anyone can use them.

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