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31 January, 2018

Google's numerous safeguards created to prevent malicious apps from reaching Android users led to the removal of over 700,000 apps from the Google Play Store in 2017, the company said today.

The quarter saw Google Play widen its lead over the App Store to 145 per cent in achieving its highest quarter ever to surpass 19bn new downloads internationally. Google has also made it harder for those developers to re-join Google Play under different accounts as well in an attempt to stop this abuse.

It seems we can't go a few days without news about malicious apps popping up in the Google Play Store.

It is encouraging to see these security improvements made in the Google Play Store. Google took down more than 250,000 of these apps in the a year ago.

Google likes to boast of its ability to shut down Android malware, and it apparently has good reason to brag about 2017. CBS's mobile SVOD app more than doubled its revenue year-on-year, driven primarily by Star Trek: Discovery.

Andrew Ahn, the Product Manager for the Play Store at Google, posted an update on the Android Developers blog on how Google is protecting the security and privacy of billions of users around the world.

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Launched alongside other announcements at Google's (Go edition) event in December past year, the Google app is getting three new upgrades. Tens of thousands of apps featuring inappropriate content like pornography, extreme violence, hate and illegal activities were also pulled. We take these extremely seriously, and will continue to innovate our capabilities to better detect and protect against abusive apps and the malicious actors behind them.

Google has historically had a problem with copycat apps that contain malware.

Still, Google's Play Store protection isn't flawless. As the technology and techniques keep advancing, there will be a lot more apps removed from Google Play Store in the future.

Despite these apps that managed to slip through Google's apps marketplace, the company said that "99% of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them".

Tell us in the comments what you think of all of this news. How safe do you feel with Google Play Protect overall?


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