Android 13 will be more secure but less functional. Not everyone will like the changes

A function has been sewn into Android for a long time Facilitate accesswhich is supposed to be a salvation for people with disabilities. The & hairsp; – & hairsp; applications which the user has granted the appropriate permissions to & hairsp; – & hairsp; can take control of the smartphone and make it easier to perform certain tasks.

However, the accessibility turned out to be a double-edged sword. Clever developers started using them to build apps that bypass Android restrictions. There was also no shortage of malware that & hairsp; – & hairsp; after prompting the user to grant & hairsp; – & hairsp; permission could take almost complete control of this phone.

Google has been trying to solve the Accessibility problem for years

In 2017, Google announced it would remove all apps from the Play Store that use Ease of Access for purposes other than serving people with disabilities. However, the idea met with criticism, so the giant changed his plans.

Beginning in 2021, developers can apply for approval to place applications on the Play Store that use Accessibility, although they are not intended for people with disabilities. All this so that Google employees, before approving the application, can make sure that its only purpose is not to steal user data, and that the granted permissions are actually used in some useful way.

There is only one problem & hairsp; – & hairsp; the current security applies only to applications placed in the Play Store. Ultimately, Google prepared a more comprehensive solution.

Android 13: Apps downloaded outside of Google Play cut off from Ease of Access

As he noticed developer Mishaal Rahman, test version of Android 13 blocks Ease of Access from being activated completely those programs that were downloaded from outside the app store.

On the one hand, this change seals Android’s security. On the other hand will hit those userswho consciously upload apps that bypass system restrictions.

It looks like Android 13 will eventually kill call recording apps

In 2018, Android 9 Pie theoretically started blocking phone call recording apps. In practice, however, Google turned a blind eye to apps that used Ease of Access to do so.

However, Google recently announced that on May 11 it will remove all programs from Play Store that use Accessibility API permissions to record calls.

It is not difficult to guess that many programmers in such a situation would make their recording applications available on external sites. It turns out, however, that Android 13 will block them anyway, so it looks like Google has closed all the gates.

This has its pros and cons. Android’s security will increase, but its usability will decrease.

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Miron Nurski, editor-in-chief of Komórkomania


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