QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning. As if you described a Beethoven Symphony as a variation of wave pressure” ~ Albert Einstein
GOOGLE WARNS THE APPS WHICH MISUSES ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES
Google notifies apps to not take advantage of accessibility services provided by Google.
DO ACCESSIBILITY FEATURE OPENS A DOOR TO SECURITY RISK?
Accessibility feature is provided on Android phones to ease things out for disabled people. With the service, app developers can incorporate spoken feedback, voice commands, and many other things. Although, some of the app developers have misused it for their benefits. The app developer of the apps like LastPass has been using the feature for making the functionality of the app better. Moreover, this also gives them the freedom to read data from apps like YouTube and more, which can pose a security risk.
Accessibility services can allow apps to peek into other apps and create a loophole, making it vulnerable to hacker attacks.
GOOGLE SERIOUS ABOUT SECURITY?
Google seems to be very much concerned about the security of Android users. The company has emailed the developers warning them to explain the usage of API. The email sent stated, “If you aren’t already doing so, you must explain to users how your app is using the [accessibility service] to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps. Apps that fail to meet this requirement within 30 days may be removed from Google Play. Alternatively, you can remove any requests for accessibility services within your app. You can also choose to unpublish your app.”
This is not the only step taken by the company to ensure the security. The company has also implemented Play Protect feature, which scans apps and has also a warning screen to block unverified apps.
WHAT IS THE REACTION OF APP DEVELOPERS?
App Developers are confused as according to them, there has been no clear policy regarding the usage of the accessibility services, and 30 days would be less time to cope with this. This sudden change would affect many apps and their behaviour. Some of them have expressed their views. The Universal Copy’s developer stated on Reddit Android Reddit, “This is really bad news.We will have no other choice than un-publishing the app from the Play Store.”
Tasker’s developer said on Google Forum “I plan to replace app detection with usage stats API. Unfortunately … people using Tasker on a pre-Lollipop device won’t be able to use app contexts anymore.”
AMAZON ALL SET TO RELEASE AD-SUPPORTED AMAZON VIDEO SERVICE
Amazon is said to be working on developing a free ad-supported streaming video service for its users.
NEW AND FREE VIDEO SERVICE?
According to the new reports emerged, Amazon is working on a free and ad-supported streaming video service. The company is said to be discussing terms with various TV networks for the content. The aim is to give content creators a platform wherein ad revenue would be divided among the content creators and Amazon. The speculations of Amazon indulged in getting this kind of video streaming service developed has surfaced earlier in 2014 as well. Amazon has denied all of it.
Although, this time, there might be some truth in the speculations given the increase in the number of live streaming services and also as there cannot be smoke without fire. Moreover, with Apple, Facebook, and other tech giants jumping into the pool of video streaming with original content, Amazon needs to work on its own thing.
ARE THE RUMORS TRUE, AND IF YES WOULD IT NOT IMPACT PRIME?
Rumors are rumors. But sometimes, they can be true! Well, if Amazon is really working on offering free streaming services, it would undoubtedly attract the audience on a larger scale. In addition to this, it would also give Amazon an opportunity to persuade users to upgrade to Prime for more benefits.
Amazon again commented on the news and informed that they are not planning to create a free ad-supported version of Prime.