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Google cracks down on apps using Accessibility Services for purposes other than accessibility
       By John Hoff Google cracks down on apps using Accessibility Services for purposes other than accessibility By John Hoff
Theresa Hayes | 13 November, 2017, 11:40

Both app users and android devs were surprised at the new developments, considering the fact that many such apps have flourished for years without any intervention from Google.

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

Google's reason for the crackdown likely stems from the simple fact that developers can use Accessibility Services to affect the behavior of other apps with their apps.

We're contacting you because your app, BatterySaver System Shortcut, with 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.

According to Google, all apps that fail to meet its requirements within 30 days will be removed from Play Store.

If the developer gets the email, they only have 30 days to justify the user of the Accessibility Services for the app in question. Your app must comply with our Permissions policy and the Prominent Disclosure requirements of our User Data policy. Alternatively, you can remove any requests for accessibility services within your app. Once granted the right permissions, the API can be used to read data from other apps.

There are of course apps that you can download to help check which apps are vampires, draining your phone of blood (battery).

If you've reviewed the policy and feel we may have been in error, please reach out to our policy support team. Some applications, like LastPass, entirely rely on this API and can't function without it.

As per XDA Developers, the Android 8.1 Oreo update has a new feature that will automatically flag apps as inactive and will deprioritize the cache files for the specific app. Most apps do use this feature and a lot of them have no real need to access this information. It is a set of features designed for disabled people to help them navigate and use Android. The new directive could have major consequences for many apps, especially those intended for customisation or power users. If the developer does not justify the need, then those apps will be removed from Google Play Store.