Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Android 8.1 will reduce the size of inactive apps to save size

Android 8.1 will reduce the size of inactive apps to save size

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.

There are some apps which use Google's Accessibility Services such as LastPass, Universal Copy, Clipboard Actions, Cerberus, Tasker and Network Monitor Mini. Likely for this reason, Google has sent emails to app developers regarding the usage of Accessibility Services.

The service actually helps users with disabilities and Android has a set of Accessibility Services that developers can use to improve their applications. Failure to explain the need for the API in this regard will result in the app being removed from Google Play. Your app must comply with our Permissions policy and the Prominent Disclosure requirements of our User Data policy.

Take LastPass for example, as this app uses the Accessibility Services API to distinguish the password field in other types of apps. Apparently when granted the right permissions, the API can be used to read data from other apps, which means that someone who wanted to "steal" data from other apps could do so by creating an app that used the API.

Alternatively, you can choose to unpublish the app. New applications are getting larger in size and while devices with 64GB of storage may not think twice about installing an app over 100MB, those with lower-end devices and limited storage could find their smartphones running out of space. All violations are tracked. Well, that's just fine and dandy, but what about those apps that are using the API for the right objective - to help disabled people? The company also informs that repeated violations can call for a termination of the developer's account as well as related Google accounts after investigation. That is because even apps designed specifically for disabled people can be banned because anyone can use them.

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This could have major ramifications for hundreds of apps, especially ones intended for customization or power users.

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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