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@thenewoil One more reason for us to upload apps on (and F-Droid only) instead of the Google jail. Sideloading restrictions don't apply to alternative stores. And this should just be a workaround while we work on a properly usable based alternative.

@blacklight
I think this is a valid restriction. Looks as if theres a way to work around it, just makes it harder for a user to enable a downloaded apk to act as an Accessibility Service

This permission is very powerful, it gives an app more power over the device than the user
Its used by most malware who fool/nag the user to grant the permission. Malware is often distributed outside stores as apk downloads

I wrote about the issue & how to recover devices
hub.libranet.de/wiki/and-priv-
@Guillotine

@dazinism @Guillotine I totally see the security use-case. I just don't trust Google.

Alternative stores for now are excluded, but a future where Google decides to extend the APK restriction also to them (with the excuse that only apps on the Play Store are tested and safe and bla bla) isn't that unlikely.

Plus, there's still a legitimate use-case for users who want to download APKs outside of the store (like installing apps that are still in development and have their APKs distributed e.g. through Github or the project's page). I'm not sure how the new restrictions are going to play for them.

And it could also make life difficult to apps like Termux that emulate a full Unix environment: they've already been impacted by the read/write restrictions outside of the app data folder, restrictions on installing software through their package manager could be the last nail in the coffin.

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