Google will remove apps that misuse accessibility services from the Play Store

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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.

Google is sending emails to developers that are using the Accessibility Services API, asking them for an explanation how the API on their app is benefitting the users with disabilities. In addition, it is the sixth most downloaded Android app in India.

UC Browser is widely popular in India and it is considered as a popular alternative to Google Chrome. On first use, the app reports that it requires Accessibility permissions to operate. These apps used Toast notifications to display a fake progress bar for an app which purports to restrict other apps from running without the user inputting a PIN. This is great for automation apps like Tasker, which allow users to write complicated "If, Then" statements that constantly run on the phone.

Google's new policy of only allowing the accessibility API for accessibility purposes definitely seems to be new, as many of these apps are years old and have existed in the Play Store without issue. It also says that developers can alternatively remove the accessibility services within the app, or can choose to unpublish the app. Clicking on a button and changing the focus are examples of AccessibilityEvents.

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Enabling this for a malicious app can, of course, wreak a lot of havoc, which is probably Google's inspiration for cracking down on the accessibility API. Some developers are attempting to come up with workarounds, but, for the most part, nothing on Android compares with the accessibility APIs.