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Accessibility Services Used Inappropriately Now Leading to Removal of Apps

Accessibility Services Used Inappropriately Now Leading to Removal of Apps

The tech giant Google has asked app developers to avoid using its Accessibility Service for other purposes. If they are unable to convince the company within 30 days of receiving the mail, their apps will be taken down in the 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.

While the base storage has seen smartphones get rid of the 16GB models, storage is still much of a contention point when it comes to app sizes. Once granted the right permissions, the API can be used to read data from other apps.

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.

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.

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We're not seeing any solution just yet but the Android 8.1 Developer Preview shows a tool which will help you figure out which app or apps are the most battery draining ones. You do not want apps that clog your storage. Alternatively, you can remove any requests for accessibility services within your app. All violations are tracked. This is what has concerned Google and this is also why they have sent emails to developers. The email instructs developers to inform users how they use the Accessibility services.

"Like the other policy that basically says that "apps that crash violate developer policy and can be taken down" this new statement is too vague".

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"That said, I wish they would find another way to go about resolving this that didn't involve the removal of hundreds of good, useful apps from the Play Store". Most apps do use this feature and a lot of them have no real need to access this information.