Google To Remove Apps Using Accessibility Services For Other Purposes

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While the intended objective 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.).

There are some apps which use Google's Accessibility Services such as LastPass, Universal Copy, Clipboard Actions, Cerberus, Tasker and Network Monitor Mini.

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. The reason Google doesn't want these apps to keep using the API is that they can potentially create a security risk once a user grants the right permissions.

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

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It will also tell you how it's draining it, like the Maps or Tile app constantly requests your location or the Fenix app keeps your device awake.

Apps requesting accessibility services should only be used to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps. Developers have 30 days to address their use of Accessibility Services so we will have to wait and see what happens. "Your app must comply with our Permissions policy and the Prominent Disclosure requirements of our User Data policy", Google's message reads. In effect, if you have an app installed, but it's rarely referenced, its cache will become marked as technically unimportant, automatically freeing up the space it was hogging. 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. Below is the content of the email sent to one app developer. All violations are tracked.

According to a new report by XDA Developers, Google is working on the feature that will offer a solution for storage issue. Serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible termination of related Google accounts. If notifications are the ones that are draining your battery you can easily disable them and continue to use your application. One of my colleagues will get back to you within 2 business days.

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