Google’s SMS and Call Permission Restriction Creates Problems For Apps

Google has been cracking down a lot on developers which is understandable considering the bad year they had in 2018. One of the things that they are cracking down on is the number of apps that are able to ask you for permission to access your messages and call logs. This was mostly done to prevent malicious actors from gaining access to your personal information and Google was supposed to provide exceptions to various legitimate apps that need access to this data in order to do the very task that they are designed to do, but there is general disarray in the world of Android apps as Google becomes a little trigger happy when it comes to banning the various developers that are trying to get their apps to work properly on the platform.

Basically what is happening is that Google requires apps to submit a form if they want to be granted an exception to this rule. However, even legitimate apps like Cerberus that are submitting these forms are getting their requests rejected, and we now know why. Basically a lot of features are now banned for these apps such as virus protection, family location, device location call recording and the like.

It is possible that Google wants to develop these features in house and provide them to users on their own instead of having third party apps doing them. This would give Google a lot of power, however, the tech giant is suffocating other apps and forcing them to pull back their functionality to achieve this goal is highly concerning. However, the fact that Google is generally taking a much higher interest in the security that it is providing its users is definitely a heartening thing to see.

Google's new SMS and call permission policy is crippling apps used by millions

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