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Google is trying to limit what apps can use an Accessibility Service (again)

Android offers an Accessibility Service API that exposes certain system events to apps. The API is incredibly powerful, as it lets apps listen for events such as when a user clicks on a link, views a window, and much more. As its name suggests, the API is only meant for apps that solve an accessibility...

Google Play will crack down on inactive developer accounts

Google has updated its Google Play policies for Android developers publishing apps on the Google Play Store. Developers and publishers must abide by these policies for their apps to be allowed on the Play Store. Several new policies are being introduced with this update, and one of them revolves around dormant accounts. With this new policy,...

Google Play is cracking down on misleading app names and icons

Google has announced some important changes for developers who publish their apps in the Google Play Store, which are set to go into effect later this year. Once they are established, the search giant said it will crack down on apps that mislead users, either with their title or icon. One of the policy changes relates...

Google Play Services will soon delete your advertising ID when you opt out of ad personalization

Google Play Services generates an advertising ID for all users who opt-in for ad personalization. This ID not only helps Google push relevant ads to users, but it also comes in handy for analytics and fraud prevention. When you turn off ad personalization on your account, Google stops using your advertising ID to push personalized...

Google details what info app developers should disclose in the Play Store’s upcoming safety section

In May this year, Google announced that it would add a new safety section in the Play Store to provide users with greater transparency about how apps use their data. At the time, the company had revealed that it would detail a new policy for the feature in Q3 2021, which would highlight what info...

Google Play is getting a redesign on Wear OS and a new remote install method

Google is making it easier than ever to install new apps onto your Wear OS smartwatch, as announced earlier this year at the company's I/O developer conference. The company recently started to roll out a new Play Store design on Wear OS watches that adds a much cleaner design to match the upcoming Wear OS...

Android 12 can let you play games before they’re done downloading

Today, the games team at Google kicked off the annual Google for Games Developer Summit. At the Summit, Google unveiled new tools and solutions to make game development easier on Android and Chrome OS. That's not all, though. The company also unveiled a new feature aimed at improving the experience of delivering games to users....

Google’s Play Store dominance under challenge by new U.S. lawsuit

The U.S. States of Utah, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee are leading a lawsuit signed on by 32 other U.S. states alleging that Google is engaging in monopolistic practices to maintain dominance in Android app distribution and payment processing for digital content purchased through the Google Play Store. The lawsuit, which was filed today in...

Google removes nine apps for stealing Facebook users’ logins and passwords

Google has removed nine apps from the Play Store after it was found these apps stole user’s Facebook login credentials. All apps offered legitimate services and were downloaded more than 5 million times. As uncovered by security researchers at Dr. Web (via ArsTechnica), these malicious apps used a special mechanism to trick users into handing over...

Why Google Play’s APK replacement is scaring some security experts

Last November, Google announced that developers will be required to publish new apps on the Play Store using the Android App Bundle (AAB) format instead of an APK. Just the other day, Google reminded developers of this upcoming requirement, setting off a firestorm of controversy from users who believe that Google is killing APKs, eliminating...

Play Store won’t open, load or download apps? Here’s how to fix common Play Store app problems

You may come across an error message stating that the Google Play Store won’t open, load or download any apps. It can be frustrating, especially if you are in the middle of doing something very important. Here are some tips on how to fix common Play Store download problems. It’s worth noting that even if you...

Google is making it easier to find and install apps to your Wear OS watch

Google announced a much-needed revamp to Wear OS yesterday — the biggest update in years, in fact — during its I/O 2021 developer conference. The new version includes a new design language focused on customization dubbed "Material You;" a collaboration with Samsung; and a host of new features for third-party apps such as the ability...