A platform as open as Android is, would certainly be open to abuse. In trying to plug up holes that it may have left open in the past, Google has sometimes accidentally closed the door on well-meaning developers.
Last November, Google made the announcement that it would ban Android apps that currently have permissions for SMS and Call Logs but are not actually SMS apps or phone apps, from Google Play Store. This is so that such apps would not be able to read what should be private data. In fact, those permissions have indeed often been misused and abused to violate user privacy.
The new policy, unfortunately hit Tasker — an app that while not necessarily an SMS or phone app, allow users to automate the sending of messages or making calls; and others like it. Accessibility apps were also caught in the violation net, prompting Google to let them apply for an exception subject to review — as some form of reprieve.
That grace period for applying exceptions is now over and soon, the offending apps will be removed from the Google Play Store. However, developers can decide to remove the unnecessary permissions from their apps or submit a permission declaration to be reviewed.
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