UC Browser gets delisted on Google Play Store for 'misleading' promotions

UC Browser gets delisted on Google Play Store for 'misleading' promotions

UC Browser gets delisted on Google Play Store for 'misleading' promotions

Developers whose apps use Android's accessibility features outside of their intended goal will need to abide by a few new rules or risk of having their apps removed from the Play Store entirely. Even popular apps like LastPass, Tasker and Status use accessibility services for various, apparently unintended purposes. Hopefully Google release this solution before they begin pulling apps requiring Accessibility Services from the Play Store. Whatever the case, the app still remains invisible on the Play Store.

AndroidPolice reported this citing one such email that was sent to BatterySaver. "Your app must comply with our Permissions policy and the Prominent Disclosure requirements of our User Data policy". Luckily, this is Android, so the developers can always just distribute their applications outside of the Play Store through sideloading, but that's not exactly a secure solution for most people - and let's be honest, not being in the Play Store will be the death knell for most developers. It's built to seek out files you don't need - rarely used apps, duplicate images and spam - so you can easily delete them. Unfortunately, nefarious apps can also ask for these permissions which allows them to intercept and steal user data.

"All violations are tracked". For example, some password management apps use Accessibility Services API to make it easier for users to fill in text fields with their log-in credentials in another app. Although, the question that remain is how well does UC Browser fare against Google Chrome?

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A few developers have commented on the matter already and the general consensus seems to be that this is not good news. It is noted that this API can affect other apps and can be used for potential data theft.

DO NOT use the Malicious Promotion method (s) or STOP such behavior immediately if you are acting so.

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