Google announced today, it is working with three security companies to identify malicious apps before they are published on the Play Store and could potentially harm Android users. The company calls this partnership the App Defense Alliance.
According to Google, Android is on more than 2.5 billion devices and the company says the platform & # 39; an attractive target & # 39; is for abuse. This abuse can take the form of hidden malware or secret code designed to spy on and discard sensitive user data. This seems to be the case in particular in the Play Store – in the past year, Google has had to take action against multiple developers to release apps in the Play Store using scammy advertising practices. By forming the App Defense Alliance, Google engages security companies ESET, Lookout and Zimperium to help search for bad apps before they reach the Play Store in the first place.
Google is already building Google Play Protect, its malware protection service, directly in Android. The company says it also uses Play Protect to scan "billions" of apps in the Play Store every day. So it seems that Google should already catch these bad apps – but apparently the problem is big enough that the company felt the need to make some reinforcements. In theory, with more companies helping to scan Play Store apps, you are more likely to accidentally download one of the bad culprits onto your Android device.