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GoogleLimits the QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission, which gives visibility to applications installed on a particular device, on which applications can use it. This way, most developers will no longer be able to see what Android apps you have installed on your device. This will only apply to apps targeting Android 11 or higher (API 30 or higher).

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App visibility restriction comes

On Google support page: “Google Play restricts the use of high-risk or sensitive permissions, including the QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission, which provides visibility into the inventory of installed apps on a particular device. Play accepts the device inventory of installed apps queried from a user’s device as personal and sensitive information. is only allowed when the basic functionality or purpose of your application to the user requires a comprehensive view of the applications installed on the user’s device. ” statements were included.

Google has said that if it can prove that the app needs the QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES permission, it can give a temporary exception. The company cited financial or banking and antivirus applications as examples because it thinks these applications may need to know all the applications installed on the device to achieve security purposes such as checking for known malicious applications.

This situation, originally planned to take effect earlier this year, was delayed due to the pandemic. Google new policy 5th of May It will begin to be implemented in 2021.

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