Google has presented another standard that will prevent most applications from seeing the wide range of various applications on your Android phone or tablet. As XDA Developers has seen, the tech monster has updated its Developer Program Policy to restrict the sorts of applications that can request the QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission, which returns the full list of installed applications on a gadget that runs Android 11 or later.
As per the updated policy, Play “regards the device inventory of installed apps queried from a user’s device as personal and sensitive information.” As such, Google will currently possibly allow QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission requests if the application’s core client confronting functionality should have the option to find all installed applications.
Examples incorporate antivirus programs, file managers, browsers and applications for gadget search. Engineers, the updated policy says, “must be able to sufficiently justify why a less intrusive method of app visibility will not sufficiently enable [their] app’s policy compliant user facing core functionality.”
The new policy could make it harder for bad actors to spy on your gadget for nefarious purposes or for advertisers to serve you focused on advertisements. It stays not yet clear whether it’ll be similarly pretty much as viable as the policy change Google implementedin 2018, which was likewise intended to clamp down on Android applications that misuse permissions.
That specific policy update put a limitation on what can get to call logs and SMS information. The tech monster said a year ago that it was so viable, it saw a 98 percent drop in the number of Play Store applications getting to those data.
Google’s policy change will produce results on May 5th, 2021.