Android 8.1 reduces Inactive Apps size to offer more storage space


The company has been contacting developers of apps that rely on the Accessibility Services API for functions like overlaying content and filling in text fields, to ask them to restrict their usage only for functions that assist users with disabilities.

Google has sent an email to developers, stating that "unless developers can describe how the app properly uses the Accessibility Services to help users who are disabled, it will need to remove all requests for accessibility services or it will be taken off of the Play Store", 9to5Google reported.

There are some apps which use Google's Accessibility Services such as LastPass, Universal Copy, Clipboard Actions, Cerberus, Tasker and Network Monitor Mini. If the developer can not come up with a good reason for needing the Accessibility Services, the app will be removed from Google Play Store. These same services can also help apps read information from other apps-creating potential security issues either way.

For years, Android has allowed apps to modify the behavior of other applications, using Accessibility Services.

According to a new report by XDA Developers, Google is working on the feature that will offer a solution for storage issue.

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Apps requesting accessibility services should only be used to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps.

Google plans to remove all apps that do not comply with its " Permissions policy and Prominent Disclosure requirements", the search giant announced. That's especially true if you happen to be using a device lacking storage, or simply hate battery-draining apps (and who doesn't?).

"Like the other policy that basically says that "apps that crash violate developer policy and can be taken down" this new statement is too vague". You do not want apps that clog your storage. The email instructs developers to inform users how they use the Accessibility services. All violations are tracked.

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As you can see, this change will most likely affect hundreds if not thousands of applications on the Play Store. If notifications are the ones that are draining your battery you can easily disable them and continue to use your application.