Google To Remove Apps Using Accessibility Services For Other Purposes

Google To Remove Apps Using Accessibility Services For Other Purposes

The reason behind this is due to security reasons. However, the new feature still won't allow you uninstall preinstalled apps.

Google will be removing all apps where the Accessibility Services is used inappropriately.

We're contacting you because your app, [App Name], with package name [package name] is requesting the 'android.permission.BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE.' Apps requesting accessibility services should only be used to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps. It can pose a bigger risk for users as it allows apps full control over the smartphone and other apps. For Google, Accessibility Services was put out to help disabled users of Android. Unfortunately, the solution might mean reduced functionality in Android: I use LastPass extensively to fill passwords across apps and sites, and given that I switch phones every couple of weeks for reviews, I don't know how I'll get by without it. Apart from that, the OEMs will need to enable this feature of Android Oreo in order to let the users take advance of the same. Several developers have reported getting the email from the Google Play Team. The new crack down on this specific API likely has to do with security and safety.

That's a bummer for fans of apps like LastPass, Tasker, Cerberus and Universal Copy, all of which use the aforementioned API.

Caches include certain, non-essential data like images and saved states which normally make the app faster and more efficient (cached data doesn't have to be reloaded when you return to an app after doing something else, for example).

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Access to Accessibility Services is different from the usual app permissions. That is because it could lead to a developer getting high-level access to your device.

Suddenly this will start to affect some of your favourite apps which use accessibility services to innovate instead of specifically help those with special needs. Below is the content of the email sent to one app developer. Developers have 30 days to address their use of Accessibility Services so we will have to wait and see what happens. Developers who can't update their apps were kindly asked to remove the apps from the Play Store themselves.

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

Google recently released the beta version of Files Go smart storage management application.

The apps and developers in violation of these rules could have their developer account removed. If notifications are the ones that are draining your battery you can easily disable them and continue to use your application.

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