Google took down over 700000 bad Android apps in 2017

Google took down over 700000 bad Android apps in 2017

Google took down over 700000 bad Android apps in 2017

From keeping those apps from ever making it onto the service, to removing them if they actually do make it through, the company has its hands full.

With Google Play Protect now running on over 2 billion devices, it's probably the most widely used malware scanner in the world. You also can manually scan your Android device using Play Protect from the Update section of Google Play Store.

Google likes to boast of its ability to shut down Android malware, and it apparently has good reason to brag about 2017. The US and Germany were kept apart by Taiwan on the App Store and South Korea on Google Play.

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As Google Play product manager Andrew Ahn also told me, there are some clear patterns in how malicious and deceiving developers try to sneak their apps into the store. Google said that the high success rate of removal comes from more improved techniques to detecting these malicious apps.

Sensor Tower's Store Intelligence estimates show that year-over-year spending in these apps during the fourth quarter of last year grew almost 88 percent to approximately $242 million, up from an estimated $129 million in the same quarter a year ago.

And remember, many Android users in China and elsewhere don't have access to the Play Store. Machine learning is a huge part of all of this, because it adds another layer of protection when manually reviewing apps are just not enough. Tens of thousands of apps featuring inappropriate content like pornography, extreme violence, hate and illegal activities were also pulled.

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As far as copycat apps were concerned, Google removed more than 250,000 of those types of apps.

In an attempt to create a seamless experience for users, Google Files Go app is now available on Android tablets. Lastly, a new "Open With" flow lets users choose the app that they want a file to be opened with.

The PHA includes those that are malware or those that are trying to commit fraud without your consent or knowledge. A new SD-card only view allows users to filter content based on where it is stored. Ahn claims 99 percent of apps with abusive content were identified and rejected before anyone could install them. Over the years, this commitment has made Google Play a more trusted and safer place.

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