With such a statistics, Google is looking to eliminate the notion that Android Wear devices only work with Android smartphones, similar to why Android Pay was combined with Google Wallet to be renamed as Google Play.
Eliminating malicious apps and keeping its mobile OS protected against a myriad of growing threats has been a challenging task for Google's Android team over the past year.
Android Wear 2.0 was released over a year ago, and there is still no announcement on an update.
Play Protect also scans user devices once a day to check for PHAs and this feature helped remove nearly 39m PHAs past year.
According to the Android Police report, Google has already said that the Play Store will block apps which do not target a recent API level, though the company had not given a specific.
There are many apps on the play store that have not been upgraded for many years by their developers but they still work on the current generation of smartphones running on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo flavor. Back in December, Google announced that Play Store apps would need to support versions of Android no more than one year old going forward.
Android has made great strides in further securing its platform without having to forego its more open nature when compared to Apple's iOS. Apps targeting lower API levels will fail to install and run on this version of the OS. Now this week, it looks like future versions of Android could block apps from running that don't support newer versions of the OS. These included protections against the installation of apps from unknown or untrusted sources, kernel hardening and the elimination of support for insecure network protocols.
Google has done a great deal to increase its bug bounty programs and $1.28m was paid out to researchers that participated in the Android Security Rewards program. By increasing bounties for responsible vulnerability disclosure, Google was able to ensure that no critical security vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed without an update becoming available for it first, he noted.