Google to remove apps if found in violation

Android 8.1 Oreo will save space by reducing size of inactive apps

Android 8.1 Oreo Shrinks Inactive App Cache To Save Storage, Flags Battery Hog Apps

We're contacting you because your app, [App Name], with package name [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. Moreover, there are many apps like LastPass and Tasker that rely a lot on this service. Then after a specified time, the feature will mark apps that haven't been used in a while as inactive, and will downgrade their size by removing the cache files. These same services can also help apps read information from other apps-creating potential security issues either way. In the Developer Preview for the upcoming Android 8.1 Oreo, you can go to the Battery settings and you'll notice that there's an app highlighted in the app that has a red warning icon. You can already see which application hog too much battery, but the upcoming update will also allow you to see why certain apps are battery draining.

Android's Accessibility Services has been widely used by app developers to create apps that are better suited for users with disabilities.

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As pointed out by Android Police, Google is most likely cracking down on Accessibility Services use due to security reasons. Your app must comply with our Permissions policy and the Prominent Disclosure requirements of our User Data policy. It has been trying to address this with a series of new measures such as Play Protect and Project Treble and is now restricting apps form misusing access to Accessibility Services.

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.

All violations are tracked. Below is the content of the email sent to one app developer. 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. One of my colleagues will get back to you within 2 business days. While the move by Google is understandable, it threatens to remove some of the most used and innovative apps on 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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