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Google pauses crackdown on apps that use accessibility features

08 Décembre 2017

As per a new report, the Play Store could make it easier for you to look for apps based on whether they are free or paid.

Some users have been seeing these green suggestions when performing a search on the Play Store app for nearly a year, but the feature began rolling out more widely in June (I still don't have it). Google hasn't made a decision one way or the other yet, but for now it is asking that developers who use the Accessibility APIs for non-accessibility purposes add "an accompanying disclosure to describe the app functionality that the Accessibility Service permission is enabling for your app".

A number of apps take advantage of this access to offer more powerful features that have nothing to do with accessibility.

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Google also added a note on the guide for the accessibility APIs, telling developers they should be used "only for the goal of helping users with disabilities interact with your app". If you select the "free" filter, you will see apps that are free to download. Google seems to have listened to protests from developers and users, as the company has now delayed its crackdown while it mulls the situation over.

Google will use a 30-day pause to consider "responsible and innovative uses of accessibility services". "This kind of feedback may be helpful to us as we complete our evaluation of accessibility services".

Google pauses crackdown on apps that use accessibility features