Will this affect Macrodroid?

Joined: August 28th, 2014, 7:29 am

November 12th, 2017, 7:31 pm #1

Google removing apps which 'misuse' accessibility services...
https://www.xda-developers.com/google-t ... lay-store/
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Joined: January 18th, 2017, 4:48 am

November 12th, 2017, 8:58 pm #2

solotoo wrote: Google removing apps which 'misuse' accessibility services...
https://www.xda-developers.com/google-t ... lay-store/
I just read about this and am curious to know as well.  Macrodroid is utilizing accessibility services on my phone and if I am going to lose any functionality I will need to turn off auto-updates in the play store.
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UndeadCretin
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November 13th, 2017, 11:36 pm #3

Well indeed there may be trouble ahead....

My current position is that MacroDroid is an extremely useful tool for disabled users, and the features used by accessibility can all be harnessed by a disabled user to improve their experience and make life easier using the device. I know for a fact that there are a considerable number of blind users and people with poor motor skills who use MacroDroid to help them navigate their devices more easily. As such I am updating my descriptions to emphasise this and do not plan to nerf any functionality at this stage. Whilst it's undoubtedly true that there are many apps that do abuse accessibility settings to do things they shouldn't, I do not think the automation apps fit into this category. Ultimately MacroDroid is entirely usable without accessibility settings and anywhere I use these settings I do not abuse them because they are all useful to disabled users. The fact that the may also be useful to non-disabled users does not make the previous statement false.

Ultimately Google will not give a stuff about an insignificant app like MacroDroid as I'm just an independent developer with zero clout and influence. Any attempt I've made to engage with Google in the past has been utterly ignored so this will not be any different. I won't be surprised if they just de-list the app from the Play store in which case I will have to react accordingly. There email warning are really quite hostile and they threaten that the developer account can be terminated, so I now live in fear at what they will do (Probably via some kind of AI dev-culling process, because there is nothing human about the way they treat developers).
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Joined: November 28th, 2014, 11:14 pm

November 18th, 2017, 3:23 pm #4

UndeadCretin wrote: *
Thanks for the response. Your app was the first one I thought of when seeing the news. Google is really threatening one of the things that makes Android so great: flexibility and customizability.

Hoping they leave Macrodroid alone
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Joined: January 20th, 2016, 8:41 am

November 18th, 2017, 6:33 pm #5

Dangit!

Hopefully this will blow over and not be implemented... but just in case, would there be a way to hack it?
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UndeadCretin
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November 18th, 2017, 9:14 pm #6

If it comes to it, it will probably be a case of including the functionality in an externally available APK or similar. I have to tread carefully because no doubt there is a fine line between what Google allow and what they don't, but I will not be defeated!
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November 19th, 2017, 12:38 am #7

Nice one! Don't let the bastards grind you down!

I guess you could make a Plug-In which can be downloaded internally from the app, so it doesn't need to be on the Play Store?

What's the worst Google can do if you don't comply with their crappy rules?
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Joined: November 26th, 2017, 8:55 am

November 26th, 2017, 10:12 pm #8

You have my respect for your vericality!
Thank you for the choise! This app is a must have!
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Joined: August 28th, 2014, 7:29 am

December 9th, 2017, 2:04 am #9

CCleaner has now been updated and removed accessibility features!
So I've unselected auto update for Macrodroid.
In case it's enforced, I'm reading the update before allowing ít!
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Joined: January 18th, 2017, 4:48 am

December 9th, 2017, 4:18 am #10

Google just released a statement that said they are putting a pause in cracking down on apps using accessibility services.

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