No more SMS & Call Log permissions | Android Developers
Google is now restricting special permissions.
Google is considering the user’s privacy seriously. Starting from Android Marshmallow, it has segregated dangerous permissions and introduced Runtime permissions. With Android Pie, the apps which are idle can no longer access microphone, camera, and sensors. NOW, it has updated its Google Play Developer Policy which restricting SMS, CALL_LOG access only to default apps.
That’s right. If you have an app in the play store, requesting SMS or CALL_LOG permissions and your app doesn’t really require these permissions, you should be removing it from the AndroidManifest file and should update the app in play store.
If you really need these permissions to fulfill certain functionalities, you should be filling a 6-page Permission Declaration Form and submitting it to Google Play for review.