Google To Remove Apps Using Accessibility Services For Other Purposes

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The company has been contacting developers of apps that rely on the Accessibility Services API for functions like overlaying content and filling in text fields, to ask them to restrict their usage only for functions that assist users with disabilities. Apps that fail to meet this requirement within 30 days may be removed from Google Play.

According to an email received by the developer of BatterySaver, "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".

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. Revelations on Twitter show that the new version of Android will warn you which of your apps is using up more battery and how. The algorithm used in finding out which apps are inactive, is that the device recognises which apps have not been active in the background or been triggered by the user in a while. Well, Google seems to be focused on resolving all these issues and relieve users of the storage space related concerns.

To better help users with disabilities, Android has a set of Accessibility Services that developers can use to improve their applications. "Your app must comply with our Permissions policy and the Prominent Disclosure requirements of our User Data policy", Google's message reads.

Alternatively, you can choose to unpublish the app. 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. All violations are tracked.

"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". One of my colleagues will get back to you within 2 business days.

"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". 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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