Posted by Paul Bankhead, Director, Product Administration, Google Play
We focus relentlessly on safety and privateness on the Google Play Retailer to make sure Android customers have a optimistic expertise discovering and putting in apps and video games they love. We usually replace our Google Play Developer policies and in the present day have launched stronger controls and new policies to maintain consumer knowledge secure. Listed below are just a few updates:
Upgrading for safety and efficiency
As beforehand announced, as of November 1, 2018, Google Play will require updates to present apps to focus on API degree 26 (Android eight.zero) or greater (that is already required for all new apps). Our aim is to make sure all apps on Google Play are constructed utilizing the newest APIs which are optimized for safety and efficiency.
Our Google Play Developer insurance policies are designed to offer a secure and safe expertise for our customers whereas additionally giving builders the instruments they should succeed. For instance, we’ve all the time required builders to restrict permission requests to solely what is required for his or her app to operate and to be clear with customers about what knowledge they entry.
As a part of in the present day’s Google Play Developer Coverage update, we’re saying modifications associated to SMS and Name Log permissions. Some Android apps ask for permission to entry a consumer’s cellphone (together with name logs) and SMS knowledge. Going ahead, Google Play will restrict which apps are allowed to ask for these permissions. Solely an app that has been chosen as a consumer’s default app for making calls or textual content messages will be capable to make these requests.
Please go to our Google Play Developer Policy Center and this Help Center article for detailed data on product options to SMS and name logs permissions. For instance, the SMS Retriever API lets you carry out SMS-based consumer verification and SMS Intent lets you provoke an SMS or MMS textual content message to share content material or invites. We’ll be working with our developer companions to present them acceptable time to regulate and replace their apps, and can start enforcement 90 days from this coverage replace.
Within the coming months, we’ll be rolling out further controls and insurance policies throughout our varied merchandise and platforms, and can proceed to work with you, our builders, to assist with the transition.
The belief of our customers is essential and collectively we’ll proceed to construct a secure and safe Android ecosystem.