Mountain View Google staff announced back in October 2018 that it would be deleting any app that collects SMS or call data for no reason. The company giant has given application developers a 90-day grace period to change this. There were two possible outcomes of the story: developers either completely remove permission requests for text messages and call data from the programs, or Google terminates the application.
In a post released on February 11, 2020, Google informed users that as a result of the tightening, 98% of these applications either disappeared or developers terminated unsolicited permission requests. Nearly 800,000 in-store applications were uncomfortably affected by this procedure.
The remaining 2 percent are those programs that would not be able to operate without access to SMS and call data, meaning that their main activity would be on that data, with the consent of the users, of course.
Source: Google Blog