Apps developed by UC studes semifinalists in Google contest

Apps developed by UC studes semifinalists in Google contest

Developers whose apps use Android's accessibility features outside of their intended objective will need to abide by a few new rules or risk of having their apps removed from the Play Store entirely.

Android app developers are reporting in posts on XDA Developers, Reddit, Android Police, and other forums that Google has sent out an email warning them that apps requesting accessibility services are to be used to assist users with disabilities with using Android devices and applications. Google's sudden policy change seems like it will also reduce the functionality of myriad useful apps and could outright kill others. Google says that if developers don't comply with the new policy within 30 days, their app will be removed from the Play Store. The browser has a userbase of 420 million globally - racking up 500 million downloads on the Play Store last month - with over 100 million coming from India. Google is doing so as it does not want the API to be used for purposes other than helping disable users and there are security reasons as well. On first use, the app reports that it requires Accessibility permissions to operate. We'll let you know once we get more information regarding this. The impetus for this move appears to be existence of (now removed) apps in the Play Store which use Accessibility features in conjunction with a vulnerability patched as part of the September security update to install malware. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Hyderabad is investigating the matter. Several "non-accessibility focused" apps also use these permissions to provide additional functionality, such as username and password autofill in password manager apps like LastPass, advanced action features in Tasker, or remote location and wipe functionality in Cerberus.

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