What Happened to Chat Bubbles / Heads in Android?

How the SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW permission has been abused over the years by malware creators?

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Chat Head when message is received in Facebook Messenger — Image Credits: Zeeshan rasool
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The SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW permission screen

This is an intended behavior to allow popular apps to keep working until we have an alternative APIs in the platform for these apps to migrate.

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Chat Bubbles in Android 10 Beta 2 — Image Credits: https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2019/04/android-q-beta-2-update.html
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Google IO 2020 Cancelled Announcement from their official website

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