Google threatens to remove popular apps that use accessibility services

Google threatens to remove popular apps that use accessibility services

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.

Among the apps that are using this API for users with disabilities, you might have already heard about LastPass, Tasker or Network Monitor Mini, but there are other popular apps using it as well. If the developer can not come up with a good reason for needing the Accessibility Services, the app will be removed from Google Play Store. Once granted the right permissions, the API can be used to read data from other apps. This app has the file sharing ability and also a feature that will let remind you about the apps those were not used for 30 days so that you can uninstall the same. New applications are getting larger in size and while devices with 64GB of storage may not think twice about installing an app over 100MB, those with lower-end devices and limited storage could find their smartphones running out of space.

If the developer gets the email, they only have 30 days to justify the user of the Accessibility Services for the app in question.

Accessibility services and features are features that can be found in platforms like iOS and Android, and unless you're someone who actually uses them, most of us probably take them for granted and might not notice them.

Google plans to remove all apps that do not comply with its " Permissions policy and Prominent Disclosure requirements", the search giant announced.

The support team wrapped up the email by adding that if the developers don't follow the rules, they were free to unpublish their apps. Another option for devs who are using the API is to remove any requests for accessibility services within their app. All violations are tracked. We've reached out to Google for comment, and we will update this post when they respond. "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", Google said. If notifications are the ones that are draining your battery you can easily disable them and continue to use your application.