Google is introducing new Play Store restrictions to ban third-party apps from utilizing the Accessibility API in order to improve user safety and privacy.
Android’s accessibility options to limit remote call audio recording, which is a popular feature among Android users, are among the adjustments and revisions to its developer rules.
According to GSM Arena, these modifications are aimed at improving privacy and security, as call recording rules differ widely throughout the world. The change will not affect system or pre-installed apps that currently have authorization to use the Accessibility API. “The Accessibility API is not meant for remote call audio recording and cannot be requested,” according to a condition in the amended Play Store regulations.
With consumers’ privacy and security in mind, it’s also possible that various call recording legislation in different nations is a big factor. Previously, Apple’s iPhone did not provide consumers with the ability to record calls natively.
This change, according to sources, would only affect third-party apps on the Play Store that utilize the Accessibility API to allow call recording. The Google Phone app, which includes call recording, is not affected by the change.