A user's post on Google Plus showed the Android feature displaying that an app called Tile, that allows users to locate lost items via Bluetooth 4.0 technology, was draining a huge percentage of the user's battery through location tracking. Another option for devs who are using the API is to remove any requests for accessibility services within their app. 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. Failure to comply can result in the removal of app or even termination of the developer's account from the Play Store.
That's a bummer for fans of apps like LastPass, Tasker, Cerberus and Universal Copy, all of which use the aforementioned API. 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.
The malware asks users to provide access to Accessibility Services and then performs malicious tasks in the background.
Google sent out an email asking developers why they need Accessibility Services on their Android apps.
Are you an Android device user who is exhausted of clearing the storage space on your smartphone in order to install app updates, new apps and receive OTA updates? For example, a password management app may use Accessibility Services so users can fill in text fields within another app with their login credentials. There are also suggestions about showing non-app reasons for battery drainage, but that will probably be in the future.
For example, in the case of Tile, one can turn off the location (which, however, defeats the objective of the app) to save battery if it is running in the background.
If the developer gets the email, they only have 30 days to justify the user of the Accessibility Services for the app in question. Further, apps that fail to do this can be removed from the Play Store.
The apps and developers in violation of these rules could have their developer account removed.
As you can see, this change will most likely affect hundreds if not thousands of applications on the Play Store. Is an app like AutoInput (an app that helps a lot of disabled folks) not allowed because a lot of non-disabled people can benefit from it too?