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How do I find if I have background location services? I only use ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION foreground

Discussion in 'Android Development' started by Night Knight, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. Night Knight

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    I'm currently struggling with being compliant with new google play policies regarding localization permission.

    I developed an app to call emergency numbers from (almost) any country in the world and I have a feature that allows the user to click on a button to locate himself and display the corresponding emergency numbers of the country he is in.

    My issue is that Google sent me an email to reject my app because I quote : "Feature does not meet requirements for background location access".
    The thing is : I do not ask for background location access, so I do not know what to do... I ask for "ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" and I start a service declared as foreground.

    Here is my manifest :

    Code (Text):
    2.     <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />
    3.     <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CALL_PHONE" />
    5.     <application
    6.         android:allowBackup="true"
    7.         android:icon="@drawable/er"
    8.         android:label="@string/app_name"
    9.         android:roundIcon="@drawable/er"
    10.         android:supportsRtl="true"
    11.         android:theme="@style/AppTheme"
    12.         android:windowSoftInputMode="adjustPan"
    13.         android:screenOrientation="portrait">
    15.         <service
    16.             android:name=".LocationService"
    17.             android:enabled="true"
    18.             android:description="@string/emergency_localization"
    19.             android:foregroundServiceType="location"
    20.             android:icon="@drawable/er"
    21.             android:label="@string/emergency_localization_label"
    22.             android:permission="android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE"/>
    24.         <activity android:name=".MainActivity">
    25.             <intent-filter>
    26.                 <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
    27.                 <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
    28.             </intent-filter>
    29.         </activity>
    30.     </application>
    32.     <uses-feature
    33.         android:name="android.location.Geocoder"
    34.         android:required="false" />
    And the code plugged to the localization button :

    Code (Text):
    2.             findMeBtn.setOnClickListener(v -> {
    3.             if (!PermissionNeeded()) {
    4.                 DisplayIcon(true);
    5.                 locationIntent = new Intent(getApplicationContext(), LocationService.class);
    6.                 startService((locationIntent));
    7.             }
    8.         });
    I asked for more information to Google, and the only answer was :

    "We have re-reviewed your app, but your declared feature still does not meet the requirements to access location in the background because of the following reason(s):

    Users may not expect the app to access their location in the background
    It is possible to deliver a similar experience without access to location in the background"

    Thank you very much Google for being more explicit...

    I saw afterwards that I was not stoping the service in the onPause method in the main activity, so I added this and tried to publish it again, but same error, apparently I am still asking a background service permission, without currently asking it ...

    Code (Text):
    2. @Override
    3. public void onPause() {
    4.     super.onPause();
    5.     if (locationIntent != null) stopService(locationIntent);
    6. }
    8. @Override
    9. public void onDestroy() {
    10.     super.onDestroy();
    11.     unregisterReceiver(broadcastReceiver);
    12.     if (locationIntent != null) stopService(locationIntent);
    13. }
    So I'm pretty sure I'm missing something obvious somewhere, but since I have no idea where to look at, I really need a new pair of eyes on it... I am now losing faith on this app's future...

    Thanks a lot by advance !

    #1 Night Knight, Mar 1, 2021
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2021

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