Google cracks down on apps that misuse accessibility features

From Engadget - November 13, 2017

If you are not already doing so, you must explain to users how your app is using the [accessibility service] to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps. Apps that fail to meet this requirement within 30 days may be removed from Google Play. Alternatively, you can remove any requests for accessibility services within your app. You can also choose to unpublish your app

The policy enforcement could affect apps like LastPass, Tasker, Cereberus and Universal Copy that use accessibility code for key features not intended for handicapped users. "This is really bad news," Universal Copy's developer said on the Reddit Android Reddit. "We will have no other choice than un-publishing the app from the Play Store."

Tasker's developer said that it will have to replace the accessibility services with different code. That will disable some functionality, especially on older Android builds. "I plan to replace app detection with usage stats API," they wrote on a Google forum. "Unfortunately ... people using Tasker on a pre-Lollipop device wo not be able to use app contexts anymore."


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