Google is ready to bring down the hammer on apps in the Play Store that don’t offer sufficient Accessibility Services. This is a new drive from Google to provide a stable experience to various kinds of Android users across the board.
Accessibility Services help disabled people handle the phone on their own. And these features are typically like captions for the hearing impaired from YouTube, reading out the screen on Google Chrome, and braille text. This is what Google terms as Accessibility Services, and Android app developers need to include these into their apps.
Accessibility services like screen readout and password narrator are essential for the visually impaired users. Developers can use Accessibility Services in a manner in their own innovative ways. Apps like the Action launcher and LastPass use these features.
If developers don’t include Accessibility Services in apps?
Google is taking a hard stance against these apps that either dis-use the Accessibility Services or do not use them at all. The firm has warned app developers over an email, according to this Reddit thread.
Google has been getting in touch with these developers and asking them to either implement the services correctly or face the wrath. And by wrath, Google means the removal of the app from the Play Store.
Google has given developers 30 days time to comply with the rules. The search giant will be removing the app from the Play Store of developers don’t follow the regulations. Those developers who have already integrated the services correctly in their app need not change anything.
This move from Google indicates that the company is taking Android device security rather seriously. It wants to make sure that the device does not give passwords to someone else. Many app developers will need to pull up their socks as quite a few apps don’t have the proper integration.