Google to developers: apps that fail to meet accessibility standards will be removed from the Play Store

Google is making an increased push to improve apps aimed at helping Android users with accessibility needs

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Google’s making a push to improve accessibility apps on the Play Store.

In an email sent to app developers, the U.S. search and computing giant has made it clear that any apps that fail to meet Google’s accessibility standards “within 30 days may be removed from Google Play.”

Reddit user Fennififth posted the email on November 10th, 2017.

Android’s Accessibility Services are designed to aid users with specific accessibility needs while navigating through an app or device.

According to the email sent to developers, Google plans on cracking down on apps that don’t specifically inform users how the app utilizes Accessibility Service.

“Apps requesting accessibility services should only be used to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps,” reads an excerpt from Google’s email.

The email also provides developers with a number of steps they can take to ensure that their apps are compliant with Google’s accessibility rules.

For instance, those developers that don’t need any accessibility permissions should simply remove the process from their apps.

As for those developers that actually do need accessibility permissions, Google states that they must specify in the app description that “This app uses Accessibility Services.”

Google also said that developers can simply “choose to unpublish the app,” if they’re unable to meet the company’s restrictions.

Source: Reddit